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TABLE OF CONTENTS JANUARY 2014 FEATURES: Apocalypse Bellingham — Novel Brings Fresh Insights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Bellingham Threshold Singers Offer a Class . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Entertainment News NW Turns 10! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 European Trumpet Sensation Tine Thing Helseth’s Debut West Coast Performance . . 3 Guild Celebrates Birthday – Gives Audiences A Gift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 New Book Tells History of Mount Baker in Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 The Neighborhood Playhouse Presents Charlotte’s Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 TR Ritchie Benefit Concert to be held January 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Whatcom READS! 2014: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

DEPARTMENTS: Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-29 Benefits & Fundraisers . . . . . . . . . . 11 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . 13-20 Crafts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Dance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9, 10 Family & Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25 Film . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Health & Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-12

History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Home & Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Lectures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Literature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-24 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6, 8 Potpourri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

On the cover: Norwegian trumpet sensation Tine Thing Helseth will present her debut West Coast performance at the Mount Baker Theatre. See feature story on page 3. Photo by Paul Marc Mitchell.

JANUARY 2014 Volume 10 Number 12 P.O. Box 2606 • Bellingham, WA 98227-2606 360-599-6827 • email: editor@ennw.info • www.ennw.info The ENNW Publishing Team Mark Fuller • 360-676-0428 • mfuller@ennw.info Barb Fuller • 360-676-0428 • bfuller@ennw.info Dorothy Tjoelker-Worthen • 360-815-6286 • dworthen@ennw.info Gladys Crnich • 360-656-6577 • gladys@ennw.info Lynna Dunn Fuller • lfuller@ennw.info Circulation: ENNW prints 10,000 copies & distributes to over 200 sites in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. For a current list of distribution sites go to http://www.ennw.info/distribution.html. Deadlines: We request Press Releases, Photos and Calendar Items by the 10th of the month before its release (January 10th for February issue). Send an email if you would like to be on our monthly reminder list. Press Releases, Calendar Items & Photos are now exclusively received through our Online Submission Form accessed through our website www.ennw.info/submit-an-event/. Please keep event description to 60-100 words per item. Submission Guidelines: Article ideas are encouraged with a sample of your writing style. You will be given credit and a bio line, but at this time we are unable to pay for articles. If we accept your proposal, please plan on writing 300–600 words. Advertising: We would like to encourage you to consider advertising with us. We feel we offer a great value for your hard earned advertising dollars. Due to the quality, ENNW is not in the recycle bin in a day or two. Many readers report they hold onto it all month long, resulting in better value. If you would like a rate sheet, please call or email to request one. Your advertising will make it possible for us to continue. Copyright & Pub Info: ©2014 Entertainment News NW. Reproduction of contents in any format is forbidden without written permission from ENNW. ENNW is only responsible for ad cost in the event of an error. Every effort has been made to gather accurate information regarding events. Please contact the sponsoring agency for more details. Printed at Lithtex NW, Bellingham, WA, USA. This Month’s Contributors: n Bellingham freelancer Joanna Nesbit has been writing for ENNW since 2005. Her work has also appeared in FamilyFun, Parenting, Northwest Travel, and Washington State Visitors’ Guide. Learn more at www.joannanesbit.com. n Christopher Key is an actor and director who lives in Bellingham and writes to help support his theatrical addiction. n Stephanie Dethlefs is the executive director of Whatcom Young Writers and usually tries to write with one hand while parenting her two children with the other. n Osa Hale has been a regular contributor to Entertainment News NW since 2012. She is a senior at Western Washington University, majoring in Visual Journalism. Her work has also appeared on Bellingham’s KOMO News website, the Western Front, and Klipsun magazine. n Meghan Thompson enjoys exploring the NW, soaking up the liquid sunshine, people watching, and blogging about her adventures. You can follow her exploits at http:// confessionsofawordslut.wordpress.com. n Janis Walworth Janis Walworth is the current president of Bellingham Threshold Singers. For a change of pace she enjoys singing barbershop with Valley Voices.

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European Trumpet Sensation Tine Thing Helseth’s Debut West Coast Performance by Osa Hale The past year has been full of firsts for Norwegian trumpet sensation Tine Thing Helseth. She has made her orchestral debut with the Royal Philharmonic and the Munich Symphony, among others. Helseth also made her BBC Proms concerto debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The rising star will add another first to her list: her premiere West Coast performance, taking place in Bellingham, Washington.

Helseth will be performing at the Mount Baker Theatre on Sunday, February 9, at 3pm. Noel Evans, the interim marketing manager with the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, said the orchestra was thrilled to have the opportunity to host Helseth. “We have not had a brass soloist in many, many years; we typically feature pianos and strings,” Evans said. “There are also not many women brass players. She is a wonderful trumpet player.” Evans noted that, although Helseth is a youthful 26 years old, she is establishing a great career and reputation in Europe. In addition to her quickly growing resume of prestigious performances, she has garnered a number of awards. Perhaps most notable is her place as the first classical artist to win the Newcomer of the Year Spellemannprisen (the Norwegian equivalent to the American Grammy Award). Helseth, who has been playing the trumpet since she was seven years old, is a dedicated musician. In addition to a flourishing solo career, she has formed tenThing (an all-female brass ensemble that explores ensemble playing and expanding brass repertoire) and the Tine

Thing Helseth Quintet or TTHQ (a jazz/ tango fusion band that plays an eclectic mix of music). With both of these groups and her own countless solo achievements, Helseth is a full-time trumpet success story. What is so enchanting about Helseth’s musical talent? Her sound is unique, and she possesses the ability to, as the London Evening Standard put it, “transform the brassy trumpet into something soft, supple and lyrical.” The program at the Mount Baker Theatre will include pieces by Sibelius and Verdi, as well as Stravinsky’s complete Firebird Suite. Helseth’s rendition of the Trumpet Concerto by Alexander Arutiunian should be particularly delightful. “The concerto is very spirited and upbeat, really a lot of fun,” Evans said. “I think the audience will really enjoy that.” Tickets for the program are available now at the Mount Baker Theatre box office, and can be bought in person or by calling 360-734-6080. They can also be purchased online at the theater’s website. Costs range from $12-$39. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to buy tickets early, as Evans said the performance is expected to sell out. For parents, grandparents, and mentors who are interested in bringing a younger guest, there is a take-a-teen ticket deal. As part of an effort to encourage musical education, the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra is offering a free “Teen Ticket” (for students ages 12 through 17) with any adult ticket purchase.

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The program will also include a lecture by composer and theorist Dr. Edward Rutschman, beginning at 2pm in the Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room. The lecture is free, but seating will be limited. Photo courtesy of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra.

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Bellingham Ceili Club Session – An

Irish music session is an informal gathering of musicians who share in a repertoire of this traditional music. Join us for the session on Wed., Jan. 1 beginning at 6pm which will include a 6:15pm tune workshop, 7pm slow session, and 8pm regular session (email for downtown Bellingham location). Co-sponsored by the Whatcom Homemade Music Society and the Whatcom Family and Community Network. More info: bellinghamceiliclub@gmail.com or www.bellinghamceiliclub.com.

Live in the Piano Lounge – Join us on

Thursdays in January at 5:30pm for free live music in Jansen Art Center’s Piano Lounge: Steve Rudy (lively jazz), Jan. 2 & 30; Cheryl Hodge (jazz and blues), Jan. 9; Hjarden Bruun (blues piano and guitar), Jan. 16; Bobby Lee McMurray and Angelica Flores (lively piano & singersongwriter), Jan. 23. Jansen Art Center is located at 321 Front St., Lynden. No cover. More info: info@jansenartcenter.org, 360354-3600 or www.jansenartcenter.org.

Seasonal “Spring Sing Round-Up” with Valley Voices A Cappella Chorus –

The Valley Voices A Cappella Chorus will again be starting their “Spring Sing RoundUp” on Thurs., Jan. 2 at 7pm at Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd., Lynden. This session will run 13 weeks each Thursday until March 27. Ladies interested in experiencing barbershop harmony singing

should make arrangements by calling Vicki at 360-354-7965 or Bev at 360-354-6946. The “Seasonal Summer Sing Round-Up” begins April 3 and will revisit their “patriotic package;” this session includes singing in parades and at various community functions during the summer. Cost is $30. More info: 360-966-4976, jodysorenson77@gmail.com or www.valleyvoices.weebly.com.

Bellingham Ukulele Group (BUG) Jam – Strum your way into the New Year! We promote all things ukulele, and we’d like you to join us – catch the BUG! Our monthly meeting on Sat., Jan. 4 at St. James Presbyterian Church (910 14th St., Bellingham) begins with a beginner’s workshop at 2pm, where you will learn several songs in less than an hour. Loaner ukes and songbook available. This is followed by our jam at 3pm, open to all ukulele enthusiasts. Join the fun for a day, and play for a lifetime. Admission is $5 suggested donation. Next meeting is Feb. 1. More info: bhamuke@gmail.com, www.bellinghamukulelegroup.com or 360-733-6867.

Northwest Story & Song featuring Wes Weddell – Award-winning singer/

songwriter Wes Weddell performs in the historic Concrete Theatre (45920 Main St.) on Sat., Jan 4 at 3:30pm. Free admission. More info: info@concrete-theatre.com, www.concrete-theatre.com or 360-941-0403.

Saturday Night Music at Jansen Art Center – Join us at Jansen Art Center

(321 Front St., Lynden) on Saturdays in January at 6:30pm for the following free performances: Andy “Badd Dog” Koch (blues piano and harmonica), Jan. 4; Biagio Biondolillo and Michael Harris (folk and indie guitar duo), Jan. 11; Michael Gonzalez (jazz and indie singersongwriter), Jan. 18; Austin Miedema (contemporary and modern piano), Jan. 25. No cover charge; beer, wine, and food available. More info: 360-354-3600, info@jansenartcenter.org or www.jansenartcenter.org.

Welcome Home Concert – The

Bellingham Festival of Music presents its 4th annual “Welcome Home Concert” on Sat., Jan. 4, 7:30pm, at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham. This concert will highlight violinist Roman Yearian, a graduate of Bellingham High School who has performed locally with the Whatcom Symphony and North Sound Youth Symphony. He was also the recipient of scholarships from the Bellingham Music Club and the Bellingham Assistance League. Roman left Bellingham to continue his violin studies with Elmar Oliveira at Lynn Conservatory in Florida. He is currently pursuing a degree in violin performance with Brian Lewis at University of Texas in Austin. Adult admission is $15 suggested donation; students free. Info:

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kberry49@hotmail.com, 360-733-9371 or www.bellinghamfestival.org.

”Meet-Greet-Sing-Register” Event: Whatcom Girls Chorus 2014 WinterSpring Season Begins – Does your

daughter love to sing? Is she between the ages of 8 and 14? If so, the Whatcom Girls Chorus invites you to attend our “MeetGreet-Sing-Register” event on Wed., Jan. 8 at 5pm. Meet the director, Carolyn Troutman, and accompanist, JoAnn Armstrong. Meet other parents and singers while your daughter auditions for one of three singing groups. And join us in the New Year to rehearse for “The Sound of Music.” Please call or email Carolyn to let her know that you are coming (360-7384105). Location TBA. Free admission. More info: 360-738-4105, whatcomgirlschorus@gmail.com or www.whatcomgirlschorus.com.

Mike Allen Quartet (MAQ) Jazz Series – WWU Jazz and The Jazz Project

present: “The Mike Allen Quartet Monthly Jazz Series at BAAY.” The quartet features WWU Jazz Director Mike Allen (saxophone), Miles Black (piano), Adam Thomas (bass), and Julian MacDonough (drums). January’s performance will be held Wed., Jan. 8 at 7:30pm at the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 1059 N. State St. Admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased at www.jazzproject.org. Info: 360-650-3133, Mike.Allen@wwu.edu or www.mikeallenjazz.com.

Indigo Girls – Decades after their

breakthrough hit, “Closer to Fine,” Grammy-winning folk-rock duo, the Indigo Girls, continue to amaze conventional pundits with their ability to grow and thrive. On their 14th studio album, Beauty Queen Sister, the band delivers a beautifully crafted batch of songs that revel in spirited simplicity. The Indigo Girls will be performing in Bellingham on Thurs., Jan. 9, 7:30pm, at the Mount Baker Theatre. Opening artist is Lucy Wainwright Roche. Tickets are $55 / $49 / $42 / $35 + applicable fees. Tickets may be purchased over the phone, online, or in person at the Mount Baker Theatre ticket office at 104 N. Commercial St. More info: tickets@mountbakertheatre.com, www.mountbakertheatre.com or 360-734-6080.

Dulcimer Club – The Bellingham

Dulcimer Club (BDC) will meet at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth, between H and I Streets in the Lettered Streets Neighborhood of Bellingham, Sat., Jan. 11 from 1:303:30pm. Free admission, but donations toward room rent are welcome. More info: 360-982-8599, sunsetjam@gmail.com or www.bellingham-dulcimer-club.blogspot.com.

Nouvelle Duos and Trio for Bassoon, Viola and Bass – The seventh concert of the newly formed Bellingham Chamber Music Society will be on Sat., Jan. 11, at 7pm at the Whatcom Museum Rotunda,

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121 Prospect St., Bellingham. Come for an evening of music by C.P.E. Bach, Beethoven, Blank, Mozart and Albinez. Featured performers include violist Leslie Johnson, bassoonist Pat Nelson and bassist Thom Mayes. Admission is $20 adults, $5 students. More info: 360-303-4014, leslie@bellinghamchambermusic.org or www.bellinghamchambermusic.org.

WAR – The Mount Baker Theatre is

excited to announce a musical performance by WAR on Sat., Jan. 11 at 8pm. WAR’s long-hailed musical virtuosity and influences, which include jazz, rock, funk, soul, R&B, and Latin, have deeply impacted their fans, as well as other musicians, regardless of race, generation, or genre. WAR’s career skyrocketed in the early 1970s with the release of “Slippin’ into Darkness” and “Me and Baby Brother.” The group’s exhilarating sound spoke to millions of Americans about the troubled times of Vietnam and Watergate as well as inner city tension and racial strife. Since then, WAR’s global popularity has grown steadily, a tribute to the timelessness of its music and message. To date the band has sold nearly 50 million records; has received 17 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum certification awards; and has twice been honored by its hometown of Los Angeles for its music’s

positive contributions to the betterment of the community. Founding member Lonnie Jordan states that this is one “war” that has truly brought people together for peace, love, and harmony. Tickets are $49 / $45 / $39 / $30 + applicable fees. Tickets may be purchased over the phone, online, or in person at the Mount Baker Theatre ticket office at 104 N. Commercial St. More info: 360-734-6080, tickets@mountbakertheatre.com or www.mountbakertheatre.com.

WSJS at the Anacortes Jazz Library –

Join the Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers (WSJS), with Darin Clendenin on piano, at the Anacortes Library, 904 6th St., on Sun., Jan. 12 from 2-3pm. Admission is free. More info: info@bellinghamsings.org, www.bellinghamsings.org or 360-293-1912

WWU Faculty Chamber Recital – Join

us on Sun., Jan. 12 at 3pm at the WWU Performing Arts Center Concert Hall for an afternoon of chamber music featuring Lisa McCarthy on flute, Jennifer Weeks on oboe, Pat Nelson on bassoon and Annie Scherr on piano. Works by Telemann, Gaubert, Jansa and more will be performed. Free admission. More info: 360-676-9521 or lisa.mccarthy@wwu.edu. (more music on page 6)

TR Ritchie Benefit Concert to be held January 18 Friends of legendary songwriter TR Ritchie present a special evening of Ritchie’s most beloved songs written during his forty-year career as troubadour/poet on Saturday, January 18, 7:30pm at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship. Funds raised will help defray out-of-pocket expenses from Ritchie’s diagnosis and treatment of a serious health condition. A $10-$25 donation is requested at the door. To view the lineup of participating musicians, please see the “TR Ritchie Benefit Concert event” on facebook. A self-taught musician, Ritchie bought his first guitar while studying journalism in college. Honing his craft while working seasonally for the U.S. Forest Service as a fire fighter and fire lookout in the mountains of northeastern Oregon, he eventually settled in the northwest. In the late 70s, Ritchie busked on the streets of Seattle’s Pike Street Market while writing the songs that would eventually become his first recording, “Not Just Another Pretty Songwriter,” an album that caught the TR Ritchie and Tracy Springs. ear of regional music critics. Four more Photo by Grace Elliot. albums followed. A published poet, Ritchie’s most recent “release” is an anthology of poems and illustrations entitled Works On Paper, compiled from writing and pen and ink drawings accumulated during Ritchie’s long career as a traveling musician. After 19 years touring nationally, Ritchie returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2012, where he now makes his home in Bellingham. Says long-time friend Tracy Spring, “TR is an extraordinarily gifted writer, a songwriter’s songwriter! This concert will be a joyful, heartfelt evening shared by those of us who love him and appreciate his tremendous contribution to the songwriting craft.” If you are unable to attend the concert, but wish to support the TR Ritchie Medical Fund, please contact Tracy Spring at AziZSpring@aol.com or purchase TR’s book and CDs at www.TRRitchie.com. email editor@ennw.info • See www.ennw.info for “News, Reviews and Updates”

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Music Workshops at Jansen Art Center – Jansen Art Center is offering the following music workshops beginning in January: Jansen Jazz Orchestra, Mondays, Jan. 13-Feb. 17, 7-9pm, cost TBD. Instructor: Steve Herrick. • Jansen Art Center String Ensemble, Thursdays, Jan. 23-March 13, 4:30-5:30pm, $85. Instructor: Karen Visser. Jansen Art Center is located at 321 Front St., Lynden. Info: 360-354-3600, www.jansenartcenter.org.

Third Thursday Local Music Series –

The Third Thursday music series continues with Quinton Rundell on Thurs., Jan. 16, 6-8pm, at the Downtown Community

Food Co-op Deli, 1220 N. Forest St., Bellingham. Two years ago, this young local artist delivered a wonderful performance to a full house at the Co-op, and we are delighted to have him back. Free admission. More info: 360-734-8158 or www.communityfood.coop.

A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra – The

Mount Baker Theatre is excited to announce a performance by A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra on Fri., Jan. 17 at 8pm. A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. This self-conducted orchestra was founded in 2007 by a tightly knit collective of 17 young professional musicians – the Criers – and since the beginning has

fostered those personalities, developing an innovative structure of rotating leadership both on stage and behind the scenes. By expanding the boundaries of orchestral repertoire and experimenting with the ways music is prepared, performed, and experienced, A Far Cry has been embraced throughout the world with more than two hundred performances, three albums, a powerful presence on the internet, and a European debut tour in 2012. The Criers are proud to call Boston home, where they are Chamber Orchestra in Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Collaborating with local students through an educational partnership with the New England Conservatory, A Far Cry aims to pass on the spirit of collaboratively empowered music to the next generation. Tickets are $35 / $30 / $20 + applicable fees. Tickets may be purchased over the phone, online, or in person at the Mount Baker Theatre ticket office at 104 N. Commercial St. More info: 360-734-6080 or www.mountbakertheatre.com.

Bellingham House Concerts presents The Birds and The Beasts – Pianists

Cassandra Carr, Victoria Ebel-Sabo and Dan Sabo will perform music by Rameau, Smetana, Dvorak, Janacek, and a delightful two-piano arrangement of “Carnival of the Animals” by Saint Seans, accompanied by the witty and dramatic poems of Ogden Nash, narrated by Ms. Carr! Our musical offering, inspired by feathered friends and members of the animal kingdom, will keep you smiling! Join us at the Carr/Ballew residence in Bellingham on Sun., Jan. 19, at 3pm. Admission is $20. More info: 360-671-6104, bellinghamhouseconcerts@gmail.com or www.bellinghamhouseconcerts.com.

Harmony Northwest Chorus Open House – Join Harmony Northwest Chorus

for two free Four-Part Harmony Guest Nights at the Mount Vernon Community Center, 1401 Cleveland St. On two consecutive Monday evenings, Jan. 20 & 27 at 7pm, you will have fun with other female singers while learning the basics of singing in four-part harmony! More info: contact@harmonynorthwest.org, 360-4284186 or www.harmonynorthwest.org.

Colin Hay to Perform at Skagit Valley Casino Resort – Former lead

singer of Men At Work Colin Hay will perform two acoustic shows (Fri. & Sat., Jan. 24 & 25 at 8pm) in the Pacific Showroom of Skagit Valley Casino Resort, 5984 N. Darrk Ln., Bow. Best known for his work in the 1980s as lead singer of the Australian band Men At Work, Colin Hay has continued to produce music that speaks to multiple generations of fans. His more recent works have been featured on TV shows including Dawson’s Creek, Judging Amy, Scrubs and the Garden State movie soundtrack. Admission is $28 / $32. More info: 877-275-2448 or www.theskagit.com. (more music on page 8)

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Bellingham Threshold Singers Offer a Class by Janis Walworth When I tell people that I sing for the critically ill and dying, I get reactions ranging from “How cool is that!” to “Oh, I could never do that!” or a quick change of subject. Many think it must be depressing work, but I, and the women I sing with, don’t find it at all depressing. “I always feel like I get more than I give,” says Nancy, one of our lead singers. “The gift goes both ways even though there might not be any verbal communication.” We are the Bellingham Threshold Singers, a group of volunteer women who go by threes or fours to bring songs of comfort to those at life’s threshold. We have our own songs written especially for these occasions, which we sing softly, unaccompanied by musical instruments. We offer our free service to people of any faith or no faith in the hospital, in care facilities, or at home. Our training includes examining our feelings about illness and dying, as well as how to deal with the range of emotions family members may go through at the death of a loved one. We memorize a repertoire of songs, learn to blend our voices, and practice loving intention by singing to each other. Some of us came to threshold singing after sitting with a parent or spouse as they were dying. “You can’t take care of people who have passed on, but you can

Whatcom County Tour Programs –

Upcoming trips include: Native Culture Anthropology Museum in Vancouver, BC, Tues., Jan. 21, departs Bellingham Senior Activity Center (BSAC) at 9:30am, $62. • High Tea and Historic Cathedral in Vancouver, BC, Thurs., Jan. 30, departs BAC at 9am, $109. • Seattle Flower and Garden Show, Wed., Feb. 5, departs BSAC at 9am, $65.99. • Oregon Stormwatch, March 17-20, departs BSAC at 7:30am, $575 pp dbl / $800 single. Check website for details. More info: Cwillis@wccoa.org, 360-733-4030 (dial #, ext. 47019), or visit http://wccoa.org/index.php/Tours/. The Tour Program is a non-profit community service provided by the Whatcom County Council on Aging.

Whatcom READS! Event: Heather Anderson (PCT Record Setter) – Hear Heather Anderson recount her recordsetting Pacific Crest Trail hike, averaging just under 44 miles a day. Heather hiked the 2,663-mile trail in 60 days, 17 hours, and 12 minutes – a new record for traditional unsupported thru-hike (meaning she carried all her gear,

give your heart a little bit for somebody that’s still here on the threshold between this life and the next,” says Sue, one of our new members. Others came because they love to sing and to help others. Mel explains, “I love the music and I love to sing in a group. I love the opportunity to serve, to volunteer. When we sing for others, I love to see them visibly relax and receive.” Cynthia had never sung before, but our mission touched her heart. “When I sing for somebody, I just love them. I feel as though they’ve been in my heart forever. It’s precious to me if we can provide any moment of comfort.” She is now one of our lead singers. Our rewards are many, not the least of which is becoming part of the circle of women who comprise Bellingham Threshold Singers. “When I came to my first rehearsal,” says Sue, “I discovered a wonderful group of women, who drew me in and inspired me to come back. It was very uplifting singing together at rehearsal.” Best of all, though, is the possibility to make a difference in people’s lives – to

resupplied her own food, and received no planned assistance). Encounters with mountain lions and gargantuan blisters are just two hurdles she faced on her way. Armchair travel at its finest! She will give her presentation Fri., Jan. 24, 7-8:30pm, at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway. More info: 360-305-3600.

Bellingham Threshold Singers, Mary PenttinenKing, Susan Bradley, and Mel Freal practice singing to fellow member Ellen Grybeck. Photo by Michele Kammerer.

bring a small measure of comfort to people in their final moments and to their families. “I witness miracles on a regular basis,” Eileen enthuses. “It’s very spiritually moving without being religious ... I love it!” Beginning in January, we will offer Compassionate Singing, a 12-week course that gives women the opportunity to become fully qualified as bedside singers with Bellingham Threshold Singers. Prior singing experience and ability to read music are not required. The class meets Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, from January 21 through April 8 at Jerns Chapel (Sunset & James). Advance registration is required. Suggested donation of $60 includes sheet music and a practice CD. Scholarships are available. Class is limited to 12. Call 360-927-4384 for more information, to register, or to request a visit from our singers.

Whatcom READS! Event: Walking Wild in the Pacific Northwest – Walk

on the wild side with local filmmaker Karen Bean as she shares her backcountry experiences making Wilderness Adventure DVDs. Karen is an award-winning director/ cinematographer and one of the few women to hold Director of Photography status in the International Cinematographers’ Guild. Her work spans adventure and natural history productions as well as action features. She has filmed on three continents, and has covered a range of wildlife from grizzly bears to salamanders. She will give her presentation Sat., Jan. 25, 3-4:30pm, at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. More info: 360305-3600.

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Aqua 2 – Allegra Women’s Vocal

Ensemble will perform in concert on Sat., Jan. 25 at 3pm at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1720 Harris Ave., Bellingham. The concert will include selections from various choral genres on the theme of water. Director Ann MacDonald, accompanist Hadassah McGill, and guest pianist Andrea Rackl. Admission is $10 suggested donation. More info: 360-676-1024, info@bellinghamsings.org or www.bellinghamsings.org.

Ruvara Marimba – Join us in the

beautiful Chamber Hall at Jansen Art Center for an evening with Ruvara Marimba ensemble on Sat., Jan. 25, 6:30-8:30pm! This high-energy band plays joyful and rhythmic dance music from Zimbabwe that’s sure to get you on your feet and lift your spirits! Tickets are $10 at the door. Jansen Art Center is located at 321 Front St., Lynden. More info: 360354-3600, info@jansenartcenter.org or www.jansenartcenter.org.

Trio Affettuoso Concert – Trio

Affettuoso will perform the charming music of C.P.E. Bach, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier and others, for harpsichord, flute and bass, on Sun., Jan. 26 at 3pm at Central Lutheran Church, 134 E. Victoria Ave., Burlington. Children welcome. Free admission; donations accepted. More info: 360-724-7300 or shelross@gmail.com.

Jazz Project: Art of Jazz Series – The

Jazz Project’s Art of Jazz Series begins Sun., Jan. 26 at 4pm in Mount Baker Theatre’s Encore Room (104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham) with a CD Release Party featuring John Stowell and Brian Cunningham with Jud Sherwood on drums and Tom Anastasio on bass. This series runs monthly on the last Sunday of every month, January through May and September through November. Admission is $16 general / free for Jazz Project members. More info: 360-650-1066, jsherwoodjazzproject@earthlink.net or www.jazzproject.org.

Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits – Zimbabwean Oliver Mtukudzi is a truly great guitarist, vocalist, performer and composer, gifted with a deep and gusty voice plus a talent for writing songs that reflect on the daily life and struggles of his people. A member of Zimbabwe’s Kore Kore tribe, he sings in the nation’s dominant Shona language as well as Ndebele and English. Join us for his performance at McIntyre Hall (2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon) on Fri., Jan 31 at 7:30pm. Admission is $25. Info: 360-416-7727, mcintyre.hall@skagit.edu or www.mcintyrehall.org.

Sudden Valley Jazz 2014 Concerts –

Tickets for the 2014 Sudden Valley Jazz Concerts are now on sale. Concerts include: April 26, New York jazz singer/ pianist Champian Fulton; June 7, Dan Brubeck playing a tribute to his father, Dave Brubeck, and his mother, Ilona; Sept. 27, Miles Black and Greta Matassa doing a tribute to the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington; and Nov. 15, Josephine Howell with Kareem Kandi. Cost is $70 for the complete series / $20 each for individual concerts. Tickets can be purchased at Village Books or online at www.suddenvalleylibrary.org. Concerts are at the Sudden Valley Library, 8 Barnview Ct., Gate 2, Bellingham. Info: 360-6711709 or www.suddenvalleylibrary.org.

International Guitar Night – IGN

founder Brian Gore will be joined by Italy’s Pino Forastiere, Mike Dawes from England, and Quique Sinesi from Argentina at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. 1st St., Mount

Vernon, on Sat., Feb. 1 at 8pm. Pino and Mike are revered in contemporary steel string guitar circles for their unique mix of melody, improvisation and hand percussion using the strings, the fretboard and the body of the guitar. Quique is a master of many South American melodies and rhythms on both guitar and charango. Look forward to a particularly inventive evening of contemporary guitar music. Reserved seating tickets are $32 / $29 / $26 / $23 with $2 off for Lincoln Theatre Members. More info: 360-336-8955, www.lincolntheatre.org.

Masters of Scottish Arts – The

Pantages Theater, part of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, comes to life at the sound of pipes and drums during this evening of colorful and exciting music and dance. In this historic venue, you’ll hear piping, drumming and fiddling in a way that you just can’t imagine. Flying fingers and tunes being played with unbelievable precision – the Scottish people have a reputation for fun and celebration – and this concert is exactly that. Whether you have just arrived in Tacoma from Glasgow, or aren’t the least bit Scottish and have never heard a bagpipe before, this performance has something for everyone! The Celtic Arts Foundation presents the concert on Fri., Feb. 7, 7:30-10pm. Admission is $30-$45. Round trip transportation available for $25 from Bellingham or Mount Vernon. More info: 360-416-4934, www.celticarts.org.

Incognito Dinners & Cooking Classes at Ciao Thyme – Incognito Dinners,

Thursdays, Jan. 9 & 23, 6-8:30pm, $68. • Winter Cooking Classes include: Winter Soups, Tues., Jan. 14, 6:30-8:30pm, $38. • Umbrian Favorites, Tues., Jan. 21, 6:30-8:30pm, $48. • Knife Skills, Mon., Jan. 27, 5:30-7:30pm, $48. • French Bistro Classics, Tues., Jan. 28, 6:30-8:30pm, $58. • Indian Curries with Meeru, Thurs., Jan. 30, 6:30-8:30pm, $78. • Supper – Southern Style, Tues., Feb. 4, 6:308:30pm, $48. • Ciao Thyme is located at 207 Unity Street, Bellingham. More info: 360-733-1267 or www.ciaothyme.com.

Skagit Valley College International Dinner – Enjoy an evening of dinner,

conversation, and entertainment with SVC’s international students from more than 20 countries on Fri., Jan. 31 at 5pm at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. The evening begins at 5pm with a social, followed by dinner at 5:30pm. A performance by Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 for general dinner / $20 for student dinner / $49 for dinner and performance. More info: 360-4167727, elizabeth.risser@skagit.edu or www.mcintyrehall.org.

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New Student Registration at The Dance Studio – New student registration is open through January at The Dance Studio! Stop by to register for creative combo classes for your tinier tots or ballet, ballet technique, pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary/lyrical, hip hop, and musical theater for ages 6 to adult in beginning to advanced levels. Adult classes are available for drop-in Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm in ballet and hip hop. The Dance Studio is located at 1820 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham. More info: 360-734-1595, thedancestudio.setter@gmail.com or www.thedancestudio.net.

Folk Dancing – The Fourth Corner

Folkdancers meet on Thursdays in January (2, 9, 23 & 30) and Fri., Jan. 17 from 7:15-10pm at the Fairhaven Branch Library, 1117 12th St., Bellingham. All ages are welcome, and no experience or partners are needed. We dance to the music of the Balkans, as well as Israeli, Turkish, Greek and Romany traditional music. We have our own band and a large collection of traditional ethnic dance music. Teaching and tutoring are available. Admission is $5 suggested donation / first time and students free. More info: 360-380-0456.

Ballet Bellingham Now Registering for Winter Classes! – Ballet Bellingham

(1405 Fraser St.) is now registering for winter classes. All new students who register during the month of January will receive 50% off tuition for their first month of classes! We offer ballet classes for dancers of all abilities ages 3 and up. Striving to teach classical ballet in a safe and positive environment, students from beginning to advanced will feel at ease learning to dance at Ballet Bellingham. Our curriculum teaches ballet technique in a progressive sequence that is appropriate to each student’s ability level. Register now to guarantee your spot. Classes are kept small to guarantee individual attention. No registration fees! More info and to register: balletbellingham@comcast.net, 360-7468508 or www.balletbellingham.com.

Traditional Jazz – Dance to the New

Orleans/Dixieland music of the Halleck Street Ramblers on Sat., Jan. 4, 2-5pm, at the VFW Hall, 625 N. State St. in Bellingham. Presented by the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society. Fine acoustics, large wooden dance floor, snacks and beverages. Admission is $10 members / $6 students / $12 general. More info: 360734-2973 or www.btjs.webs.com.

Tropical Escape Dance – Come to the

Presence Studio (1412 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham) for a “Tropical Escape” Dance on Sat., Jan. 4 from 7-10pm. A rumba lesson will be taught from 7-8pm with the dance from 8-10pm. Singles and beginners always welcome. Refreshments provided. Admission is $10 general / $7 members and students. More info: 360-734-5676, bhamusabda@aol.com or www.bellinghamusadance.com.

Spring Registration at A Gift of Dance – A Gift of Dance (1897 Front St.,

Lynden) is now registering for Spring 2014. Take classes in ballet, hip hop, musical theater and more! This semester, we are introducing Zumba® and ballroom. Classes start Mon., Jan. 6. Registration fee is $50. More info and to register: 360-318-3511, info@agiftofdance.org or www.agiftofdance.org.

meet most Tuesdays (Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28) at the Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St., Mount Vernon. Instruction begins at 7pm, followed by review and request dances until 9:30pm. All are welcome. Good exercise, great fun. No partners needed. Admission is 1st session free, $3 thereafter. More info: 360-766-6866 or safdancers@hotmail.com.

Scottish Country Dancing Classes –

Come learn and enjoy the social dancing of Scotland. It’s a lot like Square dancing but with lively Scottish music and unique steps and figures. Classes are held Wednesdays (Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26) at the Fairhaven Library (upstairs), from 7-9:30pm. Everyone welcome! Soft shoes or slippers recommended. First half hour reserved for beginners. First class free. See website for more info. Admission is $8 drop-in fee. Info: www.bellinghamscd.org.

Saturday Ballroom Dance – Ballroom, Swing, Latin, Fox Trot, Waltz, Nightclub Two-step, Rumba, Cha Cha, Salsa, Samba or Tango. Come down to the Bellingham

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Beginning Square Dance Lessons –

Beginning square dance lessons start Tuesday evenings in January (7, 14, 21 & 28) at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland St. Couples and singles are welcome. Come as you are. Sponsored by the Mt. Baker Singles and Skagit Squares. Cost is free for the first 2 weeks, then $4 per week. More info: 360-424-4608 or rosie@valleyint.com.

Weekly Folk Dancing – Learn to folk

dance to a variety of international music with Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers. We

Western Line Dancing – Western Line

Dance classes will be held Fridays in January (3, 10, 17, 24) at the Ten Mile Grange, 6958 Hannegan Rd., Lynden. Newbies start at 5:45pm (for 45 minutes), beginners from 6:30-7:30pm, and intermediate from 7:30-8:30pm. Special open house on Fri., Jan. 31, 6:30-9:30pm (open dance floor time with some line dance lessons mixed in). We dance the oldies to the latest club dances. Mostly country with a little bit of rock and soul. Ages 16 and up. No partner or experience needed. This is an upbeat class and a lot of fun. Leather-soled shoes are best to dance in; tennis shoes are acceptable, but do not slide well on the floor. Great exercise! Admission is $5. More info: 360-3544325, charlene.lenn@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/LyndenLineDancers. email editor@ennw.info • See www.ennw.info for “News, Reviews and Updates”

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Films at The Pickford: Zatoichi Series

– Join us at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St., Bellingham) on Saturdays in January at 11am for three films in the Zatoichi Series, part of PFC’s Master of Japanese Cinema Series: “Zatoichi’s Flashing Sword,” Jan. 4; “Fight, Zatoichi, Fight,” Jan. 11; and “Adventures of Zatoichi,” Jan. 25. Admission is $8. • ”The Burmese Harp” – An Imperial Japanese Army regiment surrenders to British forces in Burma at the close of World War II and finds harmony through song. A private, thought to be dead, disguises himself as a Buddhist monk and stumbles upon spiritual enlightenment. Magnificently shot in hushed black and white, Kon Ichikawa’s “The Burmese Harp” is an eloquent meditation on beauty coexisting with death and remains one of Japanese cinema’s most overwhelming antiwar statements, both tender and brutal in its grappling with Japan’s wartime legacy. Join us for the film on Thurs., Jan. 9 at 5:45pm. Admission is $10. • Sundance Film Festival Shorts – A roller coaster mix of drama and comedy, the Sundance Film Festival Short Films program is a 93-minute collection of eight short films from the 2013 edition of the festival. Vibrant storytelling highlights the group, including fiction, documentary and animation, with five award-winners. With no rules, the short film serves as a proving ground for young filmmakers to make their mark, and for established filmmakers to take risks in story and style. Join us for the films on Fri., Jan. 17 at 6:30pm; Sat., Jan. 18 at 9pm; and Sun., Jan. 19 at noon. Admission is $10. • Rocket Sci-Fi Matinees – In “The Giant Gila Monster” most of the plot is given over to a group of hot-rod enthusiasts, headed by nice-guy Chace Winstead (Don Sullivan), who sometimes breaks into song. Before long, the titular gila monster, which is just that – a real gila monster – is lumbering about on

miniaturized sets terrorizing the community, killing at random, knocking over trains and barns, and in general making a nuisance of itself. Join us for the film on Sat., Jan. 18 at noon. Admission is $2. • ”Jewels: Live from the Bolshoi Ballet” – George Balanchine exquisitely choreographed “Jewels” in 1967 as three disparate parts, each with its own composer and striking beauty. The ballets serve as a tribute to the three cities of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, all of which carved the elegance, aesthetic and style of Balanchine. Recently added to the Bolshoi repertoire, the dancers bring “a fascinating life” to this ballet that combines pure virtuosity, class, and elegance. Join us to view this filmed performance on Sun., Jan. 19 at 7pm. Admission is $20. • ITVS Community Cinema Series: “Las Marthas” – Dating from the aftermath of the SpanishAmerican War, the annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas, is unlike any other. “Las Marthas” follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their young shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and political tension over immigration. Join us for the film on Tues., Jan. 21 at 5:30pm. Free admission. • ”Symphony of the Soil” – Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, “Symphony of the Soil” is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance, soil. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, “Symphony of the Soil” is an intriguing presentation that

highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet. Join us for the film on Wed., Jan. 22 at 6pm. Admission is $9. Presented by Transition Whatcom. • ”In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter” – Saul Leiter’s lessons reveal great wisdom but also an irascible, irrepressible personality. His brilliant photographs of mid-20th century America, especially his color work, are now considered some of the very best street photography ever produced. Saul recently passed on, but he lives on indelibly here and in his work. Join us for the film on Tues., Jan. 28 at 6:30pm. Admission is $10. More info: 360-6471300 or www.pickfordfilmcenter.org.

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Aires Style on Sat., Jan. 18 at the Presence Dance Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, from 8-11:30pm. Join us for an evening of Argentine tango music and dancing. A free orientation lesson will be held at 8pm. Cost: $10 / $7 students. Enjoy a warm, friendly environment and a great dance floor. No partner or experience required; open to all. Info: 360-708-8076 or secure@cnw.com.

Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St., on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays (Jan. 11, 25) of every month from 6:30-9pm. Lesson starts at 6:30pm and dance starts at 7pm. Admission is $5. There’s plenty of parking in front of the building. More info: 360-733-4030, cbell@wccoa.org or www.wccoa.org.

Contra Dance – Swing into the new year with Bellingham Country Dance Society. Contra dances are held every 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturdays (Jan. 11 & 25) from 7-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St., Bellingham. Live fiddle tunes and caller. No experience necessary; no partner needed. First half hour is beginner instruction. Admission is $8-$10 ($6 students). More info: 360-676-1554, dance@januscom.com or www.bellinghamcountrydance.org.

Tango Popolare – Tango Popolare hosts their monthly Experience Tango Buenos

”Speak: The Movie” – Join us on Tues., Jan. 14 at 6:30pm at the Pickford Cinema (1318 Bay St., Bellingham) for a showing of “Speak,” a powerful and inspiring documentary about conquering life’s hurdles and finding your voice. Set in the multifaceted world of Toastmasters International, where 300,000 members strive to overcome their fear of public speaking, “Speak” follows six unforgettable finalists as they prepare and compete, fighting through family, career and health struggles to stand above the rest as the “World Champion of Public Speaking.” Tickets are $12 and must be purchased ahead of time at www.tugg. com/events/6016. More info: 360-2201151, niemiertracy@hotmail.com or www.tugg.com.

Winter Dance Showcase – Join us for

some fabulous dance performances presented by some of the best students and teachers for Swing, Latin, Ballroom, Belly Dance, Salsa and other cultural styles here in Bellingham. Local teachers get together for this great community dance show. Performances will be Sat., Jan. 25, 2pm and 7:30p, at Bellingham Dance Company, 1705 N. State St. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. More info: 360-224-4082 or www.bellinghamdancecompany.com.

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4th Annual Light Up Lives and Fill Bowls – Throughout the month of

January, Good Earth Pottery (1000 Harris Ave., Bellingham) and participating artists will donate a portion of the sales of select lamps and bowls to the Bellingham Food Bank. Come support your community threefold: local business, local artists, local hunger. The gallery represents over 50 local artists, and is open on Mon. & Wed.-Sat. from 11am-6pm; Sun. from noon-5pm. More info: 360-671-3998, www.goodearthpots.com.

Skagit Opera: Winter Benefit Party and Concert – Join us for champagne and dessert at our Winter Benefit party and concert on Thurs., Jan. 16 at 7pm at Lairmont Manor, 405 Fieldston, Bellingham. We will present a preview of “Die Fledermaus” and arias by 2013

Metropolitan Opera National Council District Winner Courtney Ruckman, who recently appeared in Skagit Opera’s fall production of “Rigoletto.” Space is limited, so reserve tickets in advance! Admission is $25. More info: info@skagitopera.org, www.SkagitOpera.org or 360-422-5070.

experiences are imperative to the work we do and the relationships we build at the Lummi Youth Academy. Admission is a suggested donation of $20-$40. Info: 360-738-8899 or bethbrownf@aol.com.

The 16th Annual Arts & Jazz Auction –

celebrates twenty-five years of serving homeless families in Whatcom County on Sat., Feb. 8 with a gala and auction at Best Western Lakeway Inn, 714 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham. The quarter-century event and celebration will begin at 5:30pm with a valentine-themed silent auction and social hour, followed by a dinner and live auction at 7pm. Proceeds from the evening will directly benefit nearly two hundred families making the transition from homelessness to independence. Admission is $60. More info: 360-671-7663, shultziew@lydiaplace.org or www.lydiaplace.org.

Sweet plans are being made for the 16th Annual Arts & Jazz Auction to be held on Sat., Jan. 25 at 7pm in the Blaine High School Cafeteria, 975 H St. Come play a part in this wonderful community event featuring live and silent auctions with items donated by amazing businesses and individuals who believe in our students as much as we do. All funds raised benefit art scholarships and experiences beyond the arts curriculum in the Blaine School District. Sponsored by the Blaine Fine Arts Association. Refreshments provided. Admission is $5. More info: 360-380-1634 or bgray@blainesd.org.

25th Anniversary Gala and Auction: “Hearts For Housing” – Lydia Place

Africa Fundraising Dinner for Lummi Youth Academy – Join us on Sun., Jan. Birchwood Garden Club: Winter Garden Shrubs – Debra Olberg of Secret Garden Designs will join the Birchwood Garden Club on Wed., Jan. 8 at 7pm at the Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room (121 Prospect St., Bellingham) with a splash of blooms, fragrance and color for our gardens. Birchwood Garden Club membership is open to everyone in Whatcom and Skagit County. Free admission. More info: 360-384-6250, threemetcalfes@comcast.net or www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

26 at 5pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth St.) for a fundraising dinner benefitting the Lummi Youth Academy. The Lummi Youth Academy is a 40-bed residential dormitory offering security and housing to at-risk Native Youth in the Lummi community. Every year, selected youth participate in a cultural exchange. This year we are planning a service trip to Tanzania, Africa, where we will volunteer at a local school and orphanage, immerse ourselves in their culture, and have the opportunity to take in the local surroundings. These

Greg Aanes Furniture (GAF) – Join us

for a special showroom opening on Sat., Jan. 25, 10am-2pm, and come in to check out our Extension Tables. Regular showroom hours are Mon.-Fri. from 10am-5pm. Showroom is located at 2109 Queen St. which is one block north of Iowa St. on the corner with Kentucky (you have to jog up and over on Pacific!). For complete info and map, visit www.GregAanesFurniture.com, www.FurnitureBellingham.com or call 360-389-2714.

Community Seed Swap – Join us for a

Community Seed Swap on Sun., Jan 26 from 2:30-5:30pm at The Majestic, 1027 North Forest St., Bellingham. You may bring any extra seed you have to share (seed, seed-potatoes, and edible tubers in labeled envelopes or containers), but please no saved squash seeds or GMO seeds! Talks include “Master Seed Saving” with Brian Kerkvliet at 3:30pm and “Basic Seed Saving” with Celt Schira at 4:15pm. Light refreshments will be served. Cosponsors include: Sustainable Bellingham, Center for Local Self-Reliance, and Transition Whatcom. Admission is suggested donation $3 / $5 per family. Info: seeds@sustainablebellingham.org.

Ferndale Kula Yoga: New Students Try a Week for $5!! – If you have been

wanting to try yoga and get started on a path to health and well-being, but needed some motivation to get started ... well now’s the time! If you are a new student to Ferndale Kula Yoga (1920 Main St., Suite 4), you can try our classes for a week for just $5. For info or class schedule: 360927-2202, holly@ferndalekulayoga.com or www.ferndalekulayoga.com.

Simply Spirit January Classes and Events – Simply Spirit Reading & Healing

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healing). • Meditation 101, Thursdays, Jan. 16-Feb. 20, 7-9:30pm, $180. Simply Spirit Reading & Healing Center is located at 1304 Meador Ave., B-11, Bellingham. More info: 360-647-7134, admin@simplyspiritcenter.com or www.simplyspiritcenter.com.

Gentle Yoga Classes with Joani Glasser – You are invited to join Joani for

gentle yoga classes on Tuesday and Friday mornings, location TBA in downtown Bellingham. Joani is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT-500) specializing in yoga therapy for the back. Classes are ideal for beginners. Special rate Dec. 31 and Jan 3: Drop-in $10. Cost for the 5-week series is $65 for 5 classes or $85 for 10 classes. Drop-in is $15. This series starts Tuesdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 4 and Fridays, Jan. 10-Feb. 7. More info: yogawithjoani@yahoo.com, www.yogawithjoani.com or 360-656-6699.

Yoga Workshop For Self Esteem –

In this yoga workshop on Sat., Jan. 4 at 11am, we will be using yoga, affirmation, color and aromatherapy to build a lasting positive self esteem. Workshop will be held at Ferndale Kula Yoga, 1920 Main St., Suite 4. Please pre-register by contacting holly@ferndalekulayoga.com. Cost is $20 individual / $30 for two people. Info: 360927-2202, holly@ferndalekulayoga.com or www.ferndalekulayoga.com.

Community Workshops Offered –

End of Life Choices Advance Care Planning / Advance Directive workshops are sponsored by the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA) throughout the community. Free workshops (no registration required) will be held: Sat., Jan. 4, 3-4pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.; Wed., Jan. 8, 6:30-8pm at The Willows, 3115 Squalicum Pkwy.; Wed., Jan. 8, 1:30-3pm or Wed., Jan. 15, 6:30-8pm at Spring Creek Retirement & Assisted Living, 223 E. Bakerview Rd.; Thurs., Jan. 9, 11am-12:30pm at North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd., Maple Falls; Tues., Jan. 21, 2-4pm at St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway. More info: 360-788-6526, waha.acp@hinet.org or www.whatcomalliance.org.

Free Classes at Yoga Northwest –

Yoga Northwest (1440 10th St., Suite 101, Bellingham) is offering the following free classes in January: Week of Free Classes, Jan. 6-12, beginners to advanced, take as many classes as you like. • Free Kids Yoga Class, Tues., Jan. 21, 3:30-4:30pm. • Free Teen Yoga Class, Fri., Jan. 24, 4:155:15pm. More info and for schedule: 360647-0712, doyoga@yoganorthwest.com or www.yoganorthwest.com.

Tai Chi Workshop – Join us for an

introduction to Yang style Tai Chi on Sat., Jan. 11 from 9:30-11am at Bellingham

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Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Instructor is Paul Mulholland. Admission is $20. More info: 360-733-4030, cbell@wccoa.org or www.wccoa.org.

Experience Reiki – This is a regular

monthly opportunity for anyone to experience Reiki Energy. Now in our fourth year, this gathering is held on the 2nd Saturday of every month (Jan. 11) at the Unity Church, 1095 Telegraph Road from 1-5pm. Anyone is welcome to drop in during that time and receive a Reiki treatment. Practitioners of all levels volunteer to share Reiki with those who come to receive. Admission is free or by donation. There is no set charge for this event, but any money donated goes to Unity for letting us use the space. • Reiki Circle/Share – Join Reiki Master Sally Ledgerwood and others on the last Wednesday of the month (Jan. 29) from 6:30-8:30pm at the Unity Church to share Reiki. We give and receive Reiki, share experiences, and expand our knowledge of healing work. All levels are welcome. There is no charge, however, donations are welcome. More info: 360-224-3335, SallyJL51@comcast.net or www.greentouch.net.

The Power of Gratitude – The Hearing

Loss Association of Whatcom County is holding its monthly meeting on Sat., Jan. 18 from 9:30-11:30am at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Dr., Bellingham. Learn why people who experience gratitude are healthier, happier, and more satisfied with their lives. Come hear Melanie Cool, MA, LMHC share inspiring stories of how living with gratitude has been life-changing for so many, including herself. Hearing assistance technology is available, and all our meetings are captioned. Free. More info: www.hearingloss-whatcom.org or 360-738-3756.

North Cascade Massage Connection Monthly Meeting – The North Cascade

Massage Connection (NCMC) monthly meeting will be held on Tues., Jan. 21 from 5:45-8:45pm at Garden Street Methodist Church, 1326 Garden St., Annex Rm. B, Bellingham. Rebecca Graves, MS, PT, will present “Effective, Do-Able Chart Noting.” NCMC serves and educates LMPs in Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island Counties. Admission is by donation; go to website for donation info. More info: www.NCmassageconnection.org.

Introduction to Mindfulness Class –

“Introduction to Mindfulness” is a 4 week experiential class. Basic mindfulness practices will be introduced as well as scientific findings supporting mindfulness as an effective way of reducing stress and increasing well-being. Join us in Bellingham (location TBD) on Thurs., Feb. 6, 6:308:30pm. See our website for cost. Info: registration@mindfulnessnorthwest.com, www.mindfulnessnorthwest.com or 360-830-6439.

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JANUARY 2014 WEDNESDAY 1/1/2014 HAPPY NEW YEAR! Annual Holiday Sale, Village Books, 10am-

8:30pm, 360-671-2626, www.villagebooks.com. Bellingham Ceili Club Session, (email for downtown Bellingham location), 6-9pm, free, bellinghamceiliclub@gmail.com or www.bellinghamceiliclub.com. (pg. 4)

THURSDAY 1/2/2014 One-on-One Tech Coaching at the Senior Center (eBooks and eAudiobooks), Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 1-3pm, free, advance sign-up at www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org or 360-733-4030.

Bellingham High School (1961-63) Knitting Group, Apple Yarns, 3-5pm, free. (pg. 26) Live in the Piano Lounge: Steve Rudy (lively jazz), Jansen Art Center, 5:30pm, no cover, 360-354-3600, www.jansenartcenter.org. (pg. 4) Meditation Hour, Simply Spirit Reading & Healing Center, 5:30-6:30pm, $5, 360-6477134, admin@simplyspiritcenter.com or www.simplyspiritcenter.com. (pg. 11)

Introduction to Socks Knitting Class

(1st of 3 classes), Apple Yarns, 6-7pm, $45, 360-756-9992, andrea@appleyarns.com or www.appleyarns.com. (pg. 26) Sit, Knit & Crochet, Apple Yarns, 6-8pm, free. (pg. 26)

Seasonal “Spring Sing Round-Up” with Valley Voices a Cappella Chorus (13-week session)

begins, Ten Mile Grange, 7-9pm, $30, 360-966-4976, jodysorenson77@gmail.com or www.valleyvoices.weebly.com. (pg. 4) Folk Dancing, Fairhaven Branch Library, 7:15-10pm, $5 donation requested / first time and students free, 360-380-0456. (pg. 9) Tocato Tango (Argentine tango), Skylarks Hidden Cafe, 8-11pm, free, 360-715-3642, donnywarren@earthlink.net or www.skylarkshiddencafe.com.

FRIDAY 1/3/2014 Gentle Yoga Class with Joani Glasser,

10:30am, $10 drop-in, 360-656-6699, yogawithjoani@yahoo.com or www.yogawithjoani.com. (pg. 12)

The Dr. Is In: Knitting and Crochet Questions, Apple Yarns, 3-5pm, free. (pg. 26)

Western Line Dancing Class, Ten Mile Grange,

newbies at 5:45pm, beginners at 6:30pm, intermediates at 7:30pm, $5, 360-354-4325 or charlene.lenn@gmail.com. (pg. 9) Artist Reception for Seiko A. Purdue, Anchor Art Space, 6-9pm, free, 360-755-3140, info@anchorartspace.org or www.anchorartspace.org. (pg. 27) Downtown Bellingham Art Walk, 6-10pm, free, lindsey@downtownbellingham.com, www.downtownbham.wordpress.com or 360-527-8710. (pg. 27) Reading Hour, Simply Spirit Reading & Healing Center, 7-8pm, $5, 360-647-7134. (pg. 11) Friday Night Dance Party, Bellingham Dance Company, 7:30-10pm, $7 / $5 students, seniors and military, 360-224-4082, www.bellinghamdancecompany.com. Prozac Mountain Boys (bluegrass), The Conway Muse, 7:30pm, $7, 360-445-3000, conwaymuse@conwaymuse.com or www.conwaymuse.com.

48-Hour Theater Festival, iDiOM Theater, 8pm, free, www.idiomtheater.com. (pg. 31) Faucher Four (jazz quartet), Skylark’s in Fairhaven, 8-11pm, no cover, 360-715-3642, info@skylarkshiddencafe.com or www.skylarkshiddencafe.com.

Acoustic Night Featuring Two Buck Chuck,

Skagit Valley Casino Resort’s Winners Lounge, 9pm-1am, no cover, 877-275-2448, www.theskagit.com. 48-Hour Theater Festival, iDiOM Theater, 10pm, $10 / free. (pg. 31)

SATURDAY 1/4/2014 Visit Sculpture Woods, 10am-5pm, free, www.annmorrisbronze.com. (pg. 27)

Beginning Knitting: Learn to Knit a Hat (1st of 3 classes), Apple Yarns, 10:30-11:30am, $45, 360-756-9992, andrea@appleyarns.com or www.appleyarns.com. (pg. 26)

Resolutions: Mini Workshops to Jumpstart Your New Year, Village Books, 11am-4pm,

free, 360-671-2626, see schedule at www.villagebooks.com. Yoga Workshop For Self Esteem, Ferndale Kula Yoga, 11am-12:30pm, $20 individual / $30 for two people, holly@ferndalekulayoga.com, 360-927-2202 or www.ferndalekulayoga.com. (pg. 12)

Zatoichi Series: “Zatoichi’s Flashing Sword,”

Pickford Film Center, 11am, $8, 360-647-1300, www.pickfordfilmcenter.org. (pg. 10) Bellingham Ukulele Group (BUG) Jam, St. James Presbyterian Church, 2-5pm, $5 suggested donation, 360-733-6867, bhamuke@gmail.com or www.bellinghamukulelegroup.com. (pg. 4) Traditional Jazz, VFW Hall, 2-5pm, $10 members / $6 students / $12 general, 360-734-2973, www.btjs.webs.com. (pg. 9)

Beginning Crochet: Learn to Crochet a Hat

(1st of 3 classes), Apple Yarns, 2:30-3:30pm, $45, 360-756-9992, andrea@appleyarns.com or www.appleyarns.com. (pg. 26)

End of Life Choices Advance Care Planning / Advance Directive Workshop, Village Books, 3-4pm, free, waha.acp@hinet.org, 360-7886526 or www.whatcomalliance.org. (pg. 12)

Northwest Story & Song featuring Wes Weddell, Concrete Theatre, 3:30-5pm, free,

360-941-0403, info@concrete-theatre.com or www.concrete-theatre.com. (pg. 4)

Saturday Night Music: Andy “Badd Dog” Koch (blues piano and harmonica), Jansen Art

Center, 6:30-8pm, no cover, 360-354-3600, info@jansenartcenter.org or www.jansenartcenter.org. (pg. 4) ”Charlotte’s Web: The Musical,” Bellingham Theatre Guild, 7pm, $8-$12, 360-961-2213, boxofficetnp@gmail.com or www.theneighborhoodplayhouse.net. (pg. 30) Tropical Escape Dance, Presence Studio, 7-10pm, $10 general / $7 members and students, bhamusabda@aol.com, 360-7345676 or www.bellinghamusadance.com. (9)

48-Hour Theater Festival, iDiOM Theater, 8pm, $10 / free. (pg. 31)

Stirred Not Shaken (casual jazz with vocals),

Skylark’s in Fairhaven, 8-11pm, no cover, 360-715-3642, info@skylarkshiddencafe.com or www.skylarkshiddencafe.com. Buckaroo Blues Band, Skagit Valley Casino Resort’s Winners Lounge, 9pm-1am, no cover, 877-275-2448, www.theskagit.com.

Salsa Dance Party with Rumba Northwest, Cafe Rumba, 9:30pm, $4.

48-Hour Theater Festival, iDiOM Theater, 10pm, $10 / free. (pg. 31)

SUNDAY 1/5/2014 Community Monthly Breakfast, Rome Grange,

8am-1pm, $5 adults / $2 kids 6-10 / free 5 and under, 360-739-9605. (pg. 24) Listen to Women’s Voices NW, KMRE 102.3 FM, 9-10am, free, 360-738-3886, www.sparkmuseum.org. (pg. 24)

Writer’s Resolutions: Mini Workshops to Jumpstart Your Writing Life, Village Books,

noon-5pm, free, 360-671-2626, see schedule at www.villagebooks.com. Crafting for a Better Bellingham, Apple Yarns, 1-4pm, free. (pg. 26) ”Charlotte’s Web: The Musical,” Bellingham Theatre Guild, 2pm. (pg. 30) Bellingham Laughter Club, Downtown Food Co-op Connections Building, 4-5pm, free, 360-734-4989, therapeuticstudio@msn.com. (pg. 24)

Bellwether Sunday Jazz on the Bay: Stirred Not Shaken, Hotel Bellwether, 4:30-7:30pm, free, 360-961-4884, ranenogales@msn.com.

Amy Hindman & Morti Webb (folk/rock), The Conway Muse, 6pm, $7, 360-445-3000, conwaymuse@conwaymuse.com or www.conwaymuse.com.

MONDAY 1/6/2014 Week of Free Yoga Classes begins, Yoga

Northwest, doyoga@yoganorthwest.com, 360-647-0712 or www.yoganorthwest.com. (pg. 12) Sit, Knit & Crochet, Apple Yarns, 10am-noon, free. (pg. 26)

Whatcom Knitting Guild Monthly Meeting,

Squalicum Yacht Club, noon-3pm, free, 971-645-6515, whatcomknitting@gmail.com. (pg. 26)

Whatcom Learning Lab Reading Tutoring,

Northwest Baptist Church, 3-5pm, sliding scale fee, 360-371-3978.

Bellingham Festival of Music “Welcome Home Concert” featuring Roman Yearian,

Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 7:30pm, $15 suggested donation for adults / students free, 360-733-9371, kberry49@hotmail.com, www.bellinghamfestival.org. (pg. 4) Randy Norris & Jeff Nicely (blues), The Conway Muse, 7:30pm, $7, 360-445-3000, conwaymuse@conwaymuse.com or www.conwaymuse.com.

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JANUARY 2014 YA Read! (Book Discussion Group) for readers of teen literature: “Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon” by Steve Sheinkin, Bellingham Central Library Teen Space, 6-7pm, free, 360-778-7231 (Jennifer), jlovchik@cob.org. poetrynight @ the Bellingham Central Library Lecture Room, 8-10pm, free, 360-778-7230 (Katie), knbray@cob.org.

TUESDAY 1/7/2014 Becoming an Elder Workshop (4-day class) begins, Sacred Time, 8:30-10:30am or

6:30-8:30pm, $180, 360-303-1312, sacredtime@live.com or www.sacred-time.com. (pg. 21) Sit, Knit & Crochet, Apple Yarns, 10am-noon, free. (pg. 26) Gentle Yoga Class with Joani Glasser (5-week series) begins, 10:30am, $65 for 5 / $85 for 10 / $15 drop-in, yogawithjoani@yahoo.com, 360-656-6699 or www.yogawithjoani.com. (pg. 12) One-on-One Tech Coaching Session (basic computer, Internet, and downloading skills for adults), Bellingham Central Library Lecture Room, 11am-1pm, free, 360-778-7200 or www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org. Minecraft for Teens, Lynden Library, 2:304:30pm, 360-305-3600. (pg. 24)

Intro to Pottery: Bowls Workshop (6 weeks) begins, Jansen Art Center, 3-5:30pm, $170, 360-354-3600, info@jansenartcenter.org or www.jansenartcenter.org. (pg. 26)

College Students Unite: Social Knitting/ Crochet Circle, Apple Yarns, 4-6pm, free. (26) The Art of Drawing – Kids Workshop (4 weeks) begins, Jansen Art Center, 5-6:30pm, $85, 360-354-3600, info@jansenartcenter.org or www.jansenartcenter.org. (pg. 24)

Intro to Pottery: Cups & Mugs Workshop (6 weeks) begins, Jansen Art Center, 6:30-9pm, $170, 360-354-3600. (pg. 26)

Beginning Square Dance Lesson, Mount

Vernon Senior Center, 7-9pm, free for the first 2 weeks then $4 per week, 360-424-4608, rosie@valleyint.com. (pg. 9) Weekly Folk Dancing, Bayview Civic Hall, 7-9:30pm, 1st session free / $3 thereafter, 360-766-6866, safdancers@hotmail.com. (9)

WEDNESDAY 1/8/2014 Wounded Heart: Living with Loss Workshop (4-day class) begins, Sacred Time, 8:3010:30am or 6:30-8:30pm, $180. (pg. 21)

Ferndale Toddler Time, Boys & Girls Club of

Ferndale, 10-11:30am, suggested donation of $2 per child / $5 per family, 360-671-3660, info@wcel.net or www.wcel.net. (pg. 24) Genealogy Assistance (for adults), Bellingham Central Library Genealogy Alcove, 10am-2pm, free, 360-778-7323.

Afghanistan 1972/73: The Country as it was,

Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 1-2pm, free, 360-733-4030, cbell@wccoa.org or www.wccoa.org. (pg. 21)

Home Schoolers Unite: Knit/Crochet Social Circle, Apple Yarns, 1-3pm, free. (pg. 26) End of Life Choices Advance Care Planning / Advance Directive Workshop, Spring Creek Retirement Center, 1:30-3pm. (pg. 12)

2nd Chapter Book Discussion Group: “Gulp” by Mary Roach, Bellingham Central Library SkillShare Space, 2-3:30pm, free, 360-7787230 (Katie), knbray@cob.org.

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Creative Crafting, Bellingham Central Library

Conference Room, 3-4pm, free, 360-778-7323 (Keyla). (pg. 26) Minecraft (grades 6-12), Ferndale Library, 3-6pm, 360-305-3600. (pg. 24)

Whatcom Learning Lab Reading Tutoring,

Northwest Baptist Church, 3-5pm, sliding scale fee, 360-371-3978.

”Meet-Greet-Sing-Register” Event: Whatcom Girls Chorus 2014 Winter-Spring Season, location TBA, 5-6:30pm, free, 360-738-4105, whatcomgirlschorus@gmail.com or www.whatcomgirlschorus.com. (pg. 4) Healing Hour, Simply Spirit Reading & Healing Center, 5:30-6:30pm, $5, 360-647-7134. (pg. 11) Crafting for a Better Bellingham, Apple Yarns, 6-8pm, free. (pg. 26)

Intermediate Jewelry Metalsmithing Class (5-day class) begins, Bellingham Metal Arts

Guild (BMAG), 6-9pm, $185 + $15 basic materials fee, 360-201-0236, info@BellinghamMetalArtsGuild.org or www.BellinghamMetalArtsGuild.org. (pg. 28)

End of Life Choices Advance Care Planning / Advance Directive Workshop, The Willows, 6:30-8pm. (pg. 12)

Functional and Sculptural Hand Building in Clay Workshop (6 weeks) begins, Jansen

Art Center, 6:30-9pm, $170, 360-354-3600. (pg. 26)

Birchwood Garden Club: Winter Garden Shrubs, Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room,

7pm, free, threemetcalfes@comcast.net, 360384-6250 or www.birchwoodgardenclub.org. (pg. 11) CSWT Open Mic, Firehouse Cafe, 7-8:30pm, free, 360-671-9961, joakworm@aol.com. (23) Scottish Country Dancing Class, Fairhaven Library (upstairs), 7-9:30pm, $8 drop-in fee, first time free, www.bellinghamscd.org. (pg. 9)

Mike Allen Quartet (MAQ) Jazz Series,

Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 7:309:30pm, $10, Mike.Allen@wwu.edu, 360-6503133 or www.mikeallenjazz.com. (pg. 4)

THURSDAY 1/9/2014 Pioneer a Career Workshop (4-day class) begins, Sacred Time, 8:30-10:30am or 6:30-8:30pm, $180. (pg. 21)

End of Life Choices Advance Care Planning / Advance Directive Workshop, North Fork Library, 11am-12:30pm. (pg. 12)

Clay Club (4 weeks) begins, Baker Creek

Ceramic Studio, 1-4pm or 6-9pm, $92 per month + materials, 360-393-5458, www.bakercreekceramics.com. (pg. 28) Finding Funders for Your Nonprofit (for adults), Bellingham Central Library Lecture Room, 1-2:30pm, free, registration required at 360-778-7210 (Deborah) or email dbrewer@cob.org.

Watercolors with Northwest Themes Workshop (6 weeks) begins, Jansen Art Center, 1-4pm, $105, 360-354-3600, info@jansenartcenter.org or www.jansenartcenter.org. (pg. 28)

Bellingham High School (1961-63) Knitting Group, Apple Yarns, 3-5pm, free. (pg. 26) Intro to Pottery: Cups & Mugs Workshop (6 weeks) begins, Jansen Art Center, 3-5:30pm, $170, 360-354-3600. (pg. 26)

Live in the Piano Lounge: Cheryl Hodge

(jazz and blues), Jansen Art Center, 5:30pm, no cover. (pg. 4)

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Meditation Hour, Simply Spirit Reading

& Healing Center, 5:30-6:30pm, $5, 360-647-7134. (pg. 11) ”The Burmese Harp,” Pickford Film Center, 5:45pm, $10, 360-647-1300, www.pickfordfilmcenter.org. (pg. 10) Incognito Dinner, Ciao Thyme, 6-8:30pm, $68, 360-733-1267, info@ciaothyme.com or www.ciaothyme.com/events. (pg. 8) Sit, Knit & Crochet, Apple Yarns, 6-8pm, free. (pg. 26)

Intro to Pottery: Bowls Workshop (6 weeks) begins, Jansen Art Center, 6:30-9pm, $170, 360-354-3600. (pg. 26)

Folk Dancing, Fairhaven Branch Library, 7:15-10pm. (pg. 9)

Indigo Girls, Mount Baker Theatre, 7:30pm, $55 / $49 / $42 / $35 + applicable fees, 360-7346080, tickets@mountbakertheatre.com or www.mountbakertheatre.com. (pg. 4) ”The Illusion,” iDiOM Theater, 8pm, $10, 360-201-5464, sol@idiomtheater.com or www.idiomtheater.com. (pg. 31) Trivia with Jeff Aaron “The Fish,” Skagit Valley Casino Resort’s Winners Lounge, 8pmmidnight, no cover, 877-275-2448, www.theskagit.com.

FRIDAY 1/10/2014 Live With Intention Workshop (4-day class) begins, Sacred Time, 8:30-10:30am or 6:30-8:30pm, $180. (pg. 21)

One-on-One Tech Coaching Session (basic

computer, Internet, and downloading skills for adults), Bellingham Central Library Lecture Room, 10am-noon, free, 360-778-7200, www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org. Gentle Yoga Class with Joani Glasser (5-week series) begins, 10:30am, $65 for 5 / $85 for 10 / $15 drop-in, yogawithjoani@yahoo.com, 360-656-6699 or www.yogawithjoani.com. (pg. 12)

The Dr. Is In: Knitting and Crochet Questions, Apple Yarns, 3-5pm, free. (pg. 26)

Fairhaven Family Movie (all ages), Fairhaven

Library Fireplace Room, call for title, 4-6pm, free, 360-778-7200 (Bethany), www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org. Western Line Dancing Class, Ten Mile Grange, newbies at 5:45pm, beginners at 6:30pm, intermediates at 7:30pm. (pg. 9) Author Reads: “Clearly Now, the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Other Trips” by Eli Hastings, Village Books, 7pm, 360-671-2626, www.villagebooks.com. ”Charlotte’s Web: The Musical,” Bellingham Theatre Guild, 7pm. (pg. 30) Friday Night Dance Party, Bellingham Dance Company, 7:30-10pm, $7 / $5 students, seniors and military, 360-224-4082, www.bellinghamdancecompany.com. Tokul Road (Irish-flavored pub music), The Conway Muse, 7:30pm, $7, 360-445-3000, conwaymuse@conwaymuse.com or www.conwaymuse.com. Swing Gang (big band/swing), Skylark’s in Fairhaven, 8-11pm, no cover, 360-715-3642, info@skylarkshiddencafe.com or www.skylarkshiddencafe.com. ”The Illusion,” iDiOM Theater, 8pm, $10, 360-201-5464, www.idiomtheater.com. (31) Music & Dancing with DJ RoyBoy, Skagit Valley Casino Resort’s Winners Lounge, 9pm-1am, no cover, 877-275-2448, www.theskagit.com.

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JANUARY 2014 SATURDAY 1/11/2014 Tai Chi Workshop, Bellingham Senior Activity

Center, 9:30-11am, $20, 360-733-4030, cbell@wccoa.org or www.wccoa.org. (pg. 12)

AAUW Monthly Meeting: Curator’s Tour of Vanishing Ice, Whatcom Lightcatcher Museum, 10am, $6. (pg. 28)

Salt Water Etching Workshop, Bellingham

Metal Arts Guild (BMAG), 10am-3:30pm, $80 + $20 kit fee. (pg. 28) Spinner Ring Workshop, Jansen Art Center, 11am-4pm, $85, 360-354-3600. (pg. 28)

Zatoichi Series: “Fight, Zatoichi, Fight,” Pickford Film Center, 11am, $8. (pg. 10)

Mini Psychic Fair, Simply Spirit Reading &

Healing Center, noon-5pm, free admission ($15 for 15 minute reading; $5 for energy healing), 360-647-7134, www.simplyspiritcenter.com. (pg. 11) Artists’ Reception and Exhibit Tours, La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum, 1-4pm, $7, 360-466-4288, kathleen@laconnerquilts.org or www.laconnerquilts.org. (pg. 28-29)

Andre Feriante (Spanish guitar and ukulele), The Conway Muse, 7:30pm, $10, 360-445-3000, conwaymuse@conwaymuse.com or www.conwaymuse.com. Country Dancing at BDC, Bellingham Dance Company, 7:30-10pm, $7 / $5 students, seniors and military, 360-224-4082 or www.bellinghamdancecompany.com.

Tango By the Bay with Tocato Tango,

Squalicum Yacht Club, 8-11pm, $10 general / $7 students and USA Dance members, 360-734-5676, harpogram@comcast.net. ”The Illusion,” iDiOM Theater, 8pm, $10, 360-201-5464, www.idiomtheater.com. (31) WAR, Mount Baker Theatre, 8pm, $49 / $45 / $39 / $30 + applicable fees, 360-734-6080, tickets@mountbakertheatre.com or www.mountbakertheatre.com. (pg. 5)

The Randy Linder Band, Skagit Valley Casino

Resort’s Winners Lounge, 9pm-1am, no cover, 877-275-2448, www.theskagit.com.

Salsa Dance Party with Rumba Northwest, Cafe Rumba, 9:30pm, $4.

SUNDAY 1/12/2014 Listen to Women’s Voices NW, KMRE 102.3

FM, 9-10am, free, 360-738-3886, www.sparkmuseum.org. (pg. 24) Crafting for a Better Bellingham, Apple Yarns, 1-4pm, free. (pg. 26) ”Charlotte’s Web: The Musical,” Bellingham Theatre Guild, 2pm. (pg. 30) NT Live: “Frankenstein,” Lincoln Theatre, 2pm, $15 general / $13 seniors / $11 students with $2 off for Lincoln Theatre members, 360-3368955, www.lincolntheatre.org. (pg. 31)

Experience Reiki with various practitioners and students, Unity Church, 1095 Telegraph Rd., drop-in 1-5pm, by donation, 360-2243335, www.greentouch.net. (pg. 12) One Day Raku Workshop: Ceramics, Jansen Art Center, 1-3:30pm, $20 + pottery cost, 360-354-3600. (pg. 26) Street Law at the Library / Access ID (for adults), Bellingham Central Library Lecture Room, 1-4pm, free, 360-778-7323.

Whatcom READS! Event: Writing Wilderness: A Winning Setting for Great Fiction, Blaine Library, 1-2:30pm, free, 360-305-3600. (23)

Bellingham Dulcimer Club (BDC), Bellingham

Unitarian Fellowship, 1:30-3:30pm, free, www.bellingham-dulcimer-club.blogspot.com, 360-982-8599 or sunsetjam@gmail.com. (4) ”Charlotte’s Web: The Musical,” Bellingham Theatre Guild, 2pm. (pg. 30)

Imaging the Arctic: Climate Science Through Art, Whatcom Museum Old City Hall, 2pm,

free, 360-854-2599, nci@ncascades.org or www.ncascades.org. (pg. 21) Author Reads: “About Face: World War I Facial Injury and Reconstruction” by Ann Gerike (poetry), Village Books, 4pm, 360-671-2626, www.villagebooks.com. ”Charlotte’s Web: The Musical,” Bellingham Theatre Guild, 5pm. (pg. 30) Saturday Ballroom Dance, Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 6:30-9pm, $5, 360-733-4030, cbell@wccoa.org or www.wccoa.org. (pg. 9)

Saturday Night Music: Biagio Biondolillo and Michael Harris (folk & indie guitar duo), Jansen Art Center, 6:30pm, no cover. (pg. 4)

Backstage @ the Border presents TR Richie

(singer/songwriter), Christ Episcopal Church (382 Boblett St., Blaine), 7pm, $7 donation at the door, info@backstageattheborder.com, 360927-9085 or www.backstageattheborder.com. Contra Dance, Fairhaven Library, 7-10:30pm, $8-$10 ($6 students), dance@januscom.com, www.bellinghamcountrydance.org or 360-676-1554. (pg. 10)

Nouvelle Duos and Trio for Bassoon, Viola and Bass, Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 7-9pm, $20 adults, $5 students, 360-3034014, www.bellinghamchambermusic.org. (4)

Poetry Reading: Kathryn Hunt and Jennifer Bullis, Village Books, 7pm, free, 360-6712626, jenniferbullis@comcast.net or www.villagebooks.com. (pg. 23)

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JANUARY 2014 Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers, Anacortes

Library, 2-3pm, free, 360-293-1912, www.bellinghamsings.org. (pg. 5) WWU Faculty Chamber Recital, WWU PAC Concert Hall, 3pm, free, 360-676-9521, lisa.mccarthy@wwu.edu. (pg. 5)

Tribute Jazz, art of the piano trio: The Music of Bill Evans, Firehouse PAC, 4pm, $15/$10, www.facebook.com/tributejazzseries.

Bellwether Sunday Jazz on the Bay: Rane Nogales Trio, Hotel Bellwether, 4:30-7:30pm, free, 360-961-4884, ranenogales@msn.com. Ford Giesbrecht (classical and jazz guitar), The Conway Muse, 6pm, $7, 360-445-3000, conwaymuse@conwaymuse.com or www.conwaymuse.com.

MONDAY 1/13/2014 Sit, Knit & Crochet, Apple Yarns, 10am-noon, free. (pg. 26)

Whatcom Learning Lab Reading Tutoring,

Northwest Baptist Church, 3-5pm, sliding scale fee, 360-371-3978. Anime @ Your Library (ages 12-20s), Lecture Room, Bellingham Central Public Library, 5:30-7:30pm, 360-778-7323 (Jennifer), www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org.

Beginning Jewelry Metalsmithing Class (5-day class) begins, Bellingham Metal Arts Guild (BMAG), 6-9pm, $185 + kit fee (see website). (pg. 28)

Jansen Jazz Orchestra (6-weeks) begins,

Jansen Art Center, 7-9pm, cost TBD, 360-354-3600, info@jansenartcenter.org or www.jansenartcenter.org. (pg. 6) poetrynight @ the Bellingham Central Library Lecture Room, 8-10pm, free, 360-778-7230 (Katie), knbray@cob.org.

TUESDAY 1/14/2014 Beginning Jewelry Workshop (5 weeks) begins, Jansen Art Center, 10am-1pm, $185, 360-354-3600. (pg. 28) Sit, Knit & Crochet, Apple Yarns, 10am-noon, free. (pg. 26)

Gentle Yoga Class with Joani Glasser,

10:30am, $15 drop-in. (pg. 12) Minecraft for Teens, Lynden Library, 2:304:30pm, 360-305-3600. (pg. 24) Mini-Golf at Blaine Library (grades 6-12), 3-4:30pm, free, 360-305-3600. (pg. 25)

College Students Unite: Social Knitting/ Crochet Circle, Apple Yarns, 4-6pm, free. (26) How It’s Made: Artist Lecture with Steve Rudy, Jansen Art Center, 6:30-7:30pm, $5

adults / $3 students, seniors, children, military with ID, info@jansenartcenter.org, 360-3543600 or www.jansenartcenter.org. (pg. 21) ”Speak: The Movie,” Pickford Cinema, 6:30pm, $12 (tickets must be purchased online at least a week before the event at www.tugg.com), 360-220-1151, niemiertracy@hotmail.com or www.tugg.com. (pg. 10) Winter Soups, Ciao Thyme, 6:30-8:30pm, $38, 360-733-1267, info@ciaothyme.com or www.ciaothyme.com. (pg. 8) Beginning Square Dance Lesson, Mount Vernon Senior Center, 7-9pm, $4. (pg. 9) Free Improv Workshop, Improv Playworks, 7-9pm, free, 360-756-0756, sheila@improvplayworks.com or www.improvplayworks.com. (pg. 21) Weekly Folk Dancing, Bayview Civic Hall, 7-9:30pm, $3, 360-766-6866. (pg. 9)

WEDNESDAY 1/15/2014 Ferndale Toddler Time, Boys & Girls 9 of Ferndale, 10-11:30am, $2-$5. (pg. 24)

Genealogy Assistance (for adults), Bellingham

Central Library Genealogy Alcove, 10am-2pm, free, 360-778-7323.

Home Schoolers Unite: Knit/Crochet Social Circle, Apple Yarns, 1-3pm, free. (pg. 26) One-on-One Tech Coaching Session (basic

computer, Internet, and downloading skills for adults), Bellingham Central Library Lecture Room, 2-4pm, free, 360-778-7200. Minecraft (grades 6-12), Ferndale Library, 3-6pm, 360-305-3600. (pg. 24)

Whatcom Learning Lab Reading Tutoring,

Northwest Baptist Church, 3-5pm, sliding scale fee, 360-371-3978. Healing Hour, Simply Spirit Reading & Healing Center, 5:30-6:30pm, $5, 360-647-7134. (11)

WWP Monthly Meeting featuring MaryAnn Kohl, Nicki’s Bella Marina, 5:30pm, guests

order from restaurant menu, www.whatcomwritersandpublishers.org. (23) Crafting for a Better Bellingham, Apple Yarns, 6-8pm, free. (pg. 26)

End of Life Choices Advance Care Planning / Advance Directive Workshop, Spring Creek Retirement Center, 6:30-8pm. (pg. 12)

Bicycle Travel Show Series: Bellingham to Boston / Baja, Mexico, Federal Building

(104 W. Magnolia St.), 7-9pm, 360-733-8307, www.everybodyBIKE.com. Scottish Country Dancing Class, Fairhaven Library, 7-9:30pm, $8. (pg. 9)

Vaudevillingham! Fundraiser for the Bellingham Circus Guild, The Cirque Lab,

7pm or 9pm, suggested donation $5-$10, belingham-circus-guild@googlegroups.com or www.bellinghamcircusguild.com. (pg. 31)

THURSDAY 1/16/2014 Mount Baker Theatre Education Program presents “Portland Taiko,” Mount Baker

Theatre, 10am or 12:15pm, $5 ($6.50 for Bellingham School District students), 360-7346080, www.mountbakertheatre.com. (pg. 25)

Bellingham High School (1961-63) Knitting Group, Apple Yarns, 3-5pm, free. (pg. 26) Responding to Art: Poetry Reading/Workshop with Seattle Poet Chris Jarmick, Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher, 5-8pm, $5 general / museum members free, 360-398-7870, info@whatcompoetryseries.org or www.vanishing-ice.org. (pg. 23) Whatcom READS! Quilts due today at Fourth Corner Quilts, 360-714-0070, www.whatcomreads.org. (pg. 22)

Live in the Piano Lounge: Hjarden Bruun

(blues piano and guitar), Jansen Art Center, 5:30pm, no cover. (pg. 4) Meditation Hour, Simply Spirit Reading & Healing Center, 5:30-6:30pm, $5, 360-647-7134. (pg. 11) Sit, Knit & Crochet, Apple Yarns, 6-8pm, free.

Third Thursday Local Music Series: Quinton Rundell (solo guitar), Community Food Co-op Deli, 6-8pm, free, 360-734-8158, www.communityfood.coop. (pg. 6)

Delving into Pi: a Raspberry Pi User Group,

Blaine Library, 6:30-8pm, 360-305-3600. (24)

Author Reads: “This Is Between Us” by Kevin Sampsell (fiction), Village Books, 7pm, 360-671-2626, www.villagebooks.com.

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JANUARY 2014 Meditation 101 (6-weeks) begins, Simply Spirit Reading & Healing Center, 7-9:30pm, $180, 360-647-7134. (pg. 11)

Near Life Experience: Why Wait Until You’re Dying?, Fairhaven Public Library, 7-9pm, $5-$10 suggested donation (no one turned away), cyndy.sheldon@comcast.net or www.bellinghamions.blogspot.com. (pg. 21)

Skagit Opera: Winter Benefit Party and Concert, Lairmont Manor, 7pm, $25,

360-422-5070, info@skagitopera.org or www.SkagitOpera.org. (pg. 11) Open Mic Karaoke, Skagit Valley Casino Resort’s Winners Lounge, 8pm-midnight, no cover, 877-275-2448, www.theskagit.com. ”The Illusion,” iDiOM Theater, 8pm, $10, 360-201-5464, www.idiomtheater.com. (31)

FRIDAY 1/17/2014 Gentle Yoga Class with Joani Glasser, 10:30am, $15 drop-in. (pg. 12)

The Dr. Is In: Knitting and Crochet Questions, Apple Yarns, 3-5pm, free. (pg. 26)

Western Line Dancing Class, Ten Mile Grange,

newbies at 5:45pm, beginners at 6:30pm, intermediates at 7:30pm. (pg. 9) Family Story Night (ages 6 to adult) with the Bellingham Storytellers Guild, Fairhaven Library Fireplace Room, 6-8pm, free, 360-778-7188, bhamstoryguild@comcast.net. Sundance Film Festival Shorts, Pickford Film Center, 6:30pm, $10, 360-647-1300, www.pickfordfilmcenter.org. (pg. 10)

William Stafford Tribute Event: An Evening of Poetry, Village Books, 7pm, 360-671-2626,

www.villagebooks.com. Folk Dancing, Fairhaven Branch Library, 7:15-10pm. (pg. 9) Friday Night Dance Party, Bellingham Dance Company, 7:30-10pm, $7 / $5 students, seniors and military, 360-224-4082, www.bellinghamdancecompany.com. Nathaniel Talbot Quartet, The Conway Muse, 7:30pm, $10, conwaymuse@conwaymuse.com, 360-445-3000 or www.conwaymuse.com. A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, Mount Baker Theatre, 8pm, $35 / $30 / $20 + applicable fees, tickets@mountbakertheatre.com, 360734-6080 or www.mountbakertheatre.com. (pg. 6) Fritz & the Freeloaders (acoustic rock, pop, and alt-country), Honey Moon, 8-10:30pm, no cover, contact@honeymoonmead.net, 360734-0728 or www.honeymoonmeads.com. ”The Illusion,” iDiOM Theater, 8pm, $10, 360-201-5464, www.idiomtheater.com. (31) Acoustic Night Featuring Marlin James, Skagit Valley Casino Resort’s Winners Lounge, 9pm-1am, no cover, 877-275-2448.

Free Adult Acting Class, Anacortes Community

Tango Experience, Presence Dance Studio,

Writers in the Limelight Series: Taylor Branch: “The King Years,” Limelight Theater, 12pm,

Salsa Dance Party with Rumba Northwest,

Theatre, 10am-noon, free, 360-840-0089, nellobot@aol.com or www.acttheatre.com. (31) Bezel-Set Pendant Workshop, Jansen Art Center, 11am-4pm, $75, 360-354-3600. (28) ”The Giant Gila Monster” (Rocket Sci-Fi Matinees), Pickford Film Center, noon, $2, 360-647-1300, www.pickfordfilmcenter.org. (pg. 10) $5, 21+, 360-647-1300, www.pickfordfilmcenter.org. (pg. 23-24)

”The Grand Lady of Mt. Baker” with Michael Impero, Everson Library, 3-5pm, 360-3053600. (pg. 21)

The World of Puppets Workshop (families and children age 6-14), Jansen Art Center, 4-6pm, $30 per person, 360-354-3600. (pg. 24)

Writing and Publishing Presentation with Abbe Rolnick (for adults), Deming Library, 4-6pm, free, 360-305-3600, register at www.wcls.org. (pg. 24)

Saturday Night Music: Michael Gonzalez (jazz & indie singer-songwriter), Jansen Art Center, 6:30pm, no cover. (pg. 4) Author Reads: “Scape: Poems” by Luci Shaw, Village Books, 7pm, 360-671-2626, www.villagebooks.com. Ian McFeron and Alisa Milner (guitar/fiddle/ bass/drums), The Conway Muse, 7:30pm, $7, conwaymuse@conwaymuse.com, 360-4453000 or www.conwaymuse.com. TR Ritchie Benefit Concert, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 7:30pm, $10-$25 donation requested, www.tracyspring.com.hope.htm. (pg. 5)

8-11:30pm, $10 general / $7 students, 360-708-8076, secure@cnw.com. (pg. 10) ”The Illusion,” iDiOM Theater, 8pm, $10, 360-201-5464, www.idiomtheater.com. (31) Sundance Film Festival Shorts, Pickford Film Center, 9pm, $10. (pg. 10) The Dogtones, Skagit Valley Casino Resort’s Winners Lounge, 9pm-1am, no cover, 877-275-2448, www.theskagit.com. Cafe Rumba, 9:30pm, $4.

SUNDAY 1/19/2014 Listen to Women’s Voices NW, KMRE 102.3 FM, 9-10am, free, 360-738-3886, www.sparkmuseum.org. (pg. 24) Sundance Film Festival Shorts, Pickford Film Center, noon, $10. (pg. 10)

Arts Alive!: I Like to Move It Workshop,

McIntyre Hall, 1pm, free with ticket (children ages 6-12 only), mcintyre.hall@skagit.edu, 360-416-7727 or www.mcintyrehall.org. (25) Crafting for a Better Bellingham, Apple Yarns, 1-4pm, free. (pg. 26)

Bellingham House Concerts presents The Birds and The Beasts, Carr/Ballew residence,

3pm, $20, www.bellinghamhouseconcerts.com, bellinghamhouseconcerts@gmail.com or 360-671-6104. (pg. 6)

Bellwether Sunday Jazz on the Bay: Chad Peterson Ensemble, Hotel Bellwether, 4:30-7:30pm, no cover, 360-961-4884, ranenogales@msn.com.

Trish & Hans Hatley w/John Anderson, The

Conway Muse, 5:30pm, $10, 360-445-3000, conwaymuse@conwaymuse.com or www.conwaymuse.com.

SATURDAY 1/18/2014 2014 Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Conference, Whatcom Community

College’s Syre Center, 9:30am-3pm, free, 360-734-0217, whatcomhrtf@gmail.com or www.whatcompjc.org. (pg. 21) The Power of Gratitude, Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 9:30-11:30am, free, 360-738-3756, info@hearingloss-whatcom.org or www.hearingloss-whatcom.org. (pg. 12)

A Day With PMC (Precious Metal Clay) Workshop, Bellingham Metal Arts Guild

(BMAG), 10am-4:30pm, $85 + $40 kit fee. (28)

Bellingham Farmers Market, Depot Market Square, 10am-3pm, free, 360-647-2060.

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JANUARY 2014 Monthly Backgammon Tournament Play, The Clubhouse at Parkway Village, 5:30-9:30pm, $15 four matches, 360-255-1014, bellinghambackgammon@gmail.com or www.bellinghambackgammon.com. (pg. 24)

”Jewels: Live from the Bolshoi Ballet,”

Pickford Film Center, 7pm, $20, 360-647-1300, www.pickfordfilmcenter.org. (pg. 10)

MONDAY 1/20/2014 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Read-In (children ages 3-8), Village Books, 10am-2pm, 360-671-2626, www.villagebooks.com. Sit, Knit & Crochet, Apple Yarns, 10am-noon, free. (pg. 26)

Whatcom Learning Lab Reading Tutoring,

Northwest Baptist Church, 3-5pm, sliding scale fee, 360-371-3978.

Harmony Northwest Chorus Open House,

Mount Vernon Community Center, 7-9:30pm, free, contact@harmonynorthwest.org, 360428-4186 or www.harmonynorthwest.org. (6)

TUESDAY 1/21/2014

ITVS Community Cinema Series: “Las Marthas,” Pickford Film Center, 5:30pm, free,

Sensational Toddlers Winter Session (8-weeks) begins, Whatcom Center for Early

5:45-8:45pm, by donation, www.NCmassageconnection.org. (pg. 12)

Bellingham High School (1961-63) Knitting Group, Apple Yarns, 3-5pm, free. (pg. 26) InkSpot Young Writer’s Group (grades 6-8),

North Cascade Massage Connection Monthly Meeting, Garden Street Methodist Church, Compassionate Singing Class (12-week course) begins, Jerns Chapel, 6:30-8:30pm,

$60 suggested donation, 360-927-4384, info@bellinghamthresholdsingers.org. (pg. 7) Umbrian Favorites, Ciao Thyme, 6:30-8:30pm, $48, 360-733-1267. (pg. 8) Beginning Square Dance Lesson, Mount Vernon Senior Center, 7-9pm, $4. (pg. 9) Weekly Folk Dancing, Bayview Civic Hall, 7-9:30pm, $3, 360-766-6866. (pg. 9)

WEDNESDAY 1/22/2014 Ferndale Toddler Time, Boys & Girls Club of Ferndale, 10-11:30am, $2-$5. (pg. 24)

Genealogy Assistance (for adults), Bellingham

Central Library Genealogy Alcove, 10am-2pm, free, 360-778-7323.

Vancouver BC Native Culture Anthropology Museum, departs Bellingham Senior Activity

Whatcom READS! Preserving Life Stories – “Wild” as Memoir, Ferndale Library,

Sensational Toddlers Winter Session (8-weeks) begins, Whatcom Center for Early

Bellingham City Club Lunch Meeting,

Center at 9:30am, $62, www.wccoa.org. (7)

Learning, 10-11:30am, $99 / 8-week session, 360-671-3660 or info@wcel.net. (pg. 25) Sit, Knit & Crochet, Apple Yarns, 10am-noon, free. (pg. 26)

Gentle Yoga Class with Joani Glasser, 10:30am, $15 drop-in. (pg. 12)

One-on-One Tech Coaching Session (basic

computer, Internet, and downloading skills for adults), Bellingham Central Library Lecture Room, 11am-1pm, free, 360-778-7200, www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org.

End of Life Choices Advance Care Planning / Advance Directive Workshop, St. Luke’s Health Education Center, 2-4pm. (pg. 12) Minecraft for Teens, Lynden Library, 2:304:30pm, 360-305-3600. (pg. 24) Free Kids Yoga Class, Yoga Northwest, 3:30-4:30pm. (pg. 12)

College Students Unite: Social Knitting/ Crochet Circle, Apple Yarns, 4-6pm, free. (26) InkSpot Writing Club with the Whatcom Young Writers (grades 5-8), Central Bellingham Library Conference Room, 4:15-5:15pm, free, 360-778-7200, bhoglund@cob.org.

THURSDAY 1/23/2014

360-647-1300, www.pickfordfilmcenter.org. (pg. 10)

10-11:30am, free, 360-305-3600. (pg. 21)

Northwood Hall, noon-1:30pm, $13 members / $18 non-members in advance or $15 / $20 at door (if available), info@bellinghamcityclub.org or www.bellinghamcityclub.org.

Beginning Weaving/Tapestry Workshop (6 weeks) begins, Jansen Art Center, 1-3:30pm, $125, 360-354-3600. (pg. 26)

Home Schoolers Unite: Knit/Crochet Social Circle, Apple Yarns, 1-3pm, free. (pg. 26) Minecraft (grades 6-12), Ferndale Library, 3-6pm, 360-305-3600. (pg. 24)

Whatcom Learning Lab Reading Tutoring,

Northwest Baptist Church, 3-5pm, sliding scale fee, 360-371-3978. Healing Hour, Simply Spirit Reading & Healing Center, 5:30-6:30pm, $5, 360-647-7134. (11) Crafting for a Better Bellingham, Apple Yarns, 6-8pm, free. (pg. 26) Introduction to Clay (5 weeks), Baker Creek Ceramic Studio, 6-8:30pm, $160, 360-3935458, bakercreekceramics@gmail.com or www.bakercreekceramics.com. (pg. 29) ”Symphony of the Soil,” Pickford Film Center, 6pm, $9, www.pickfordfilmcenter.org or 360-647-1300. (pg. 10) Scottish Country Dancing Class, Fairhaven Library, 7-9:30pm, $8. (pg. 9)

Learning, 10-11:30am. (pg. 25)

Ferndale Library, 3-4pm, free, 360-305-3600, register at www.wcls.org. (pg. 23)

Fairhaven InkSpot Writing Club with the Whatcom Young Writers (grades 5-8),

Fairhaven Library Fireplace Room, 4:15-5:15pm, free, 360-778-7200, bhoglund@cob.org.

Jansen Art Center String Ensemble (8-week class) begins, Jansen Art Center, 4:30-5:30pm, $85. (pg. 6)

Celebrating the Growth and Change of Whatcom Center for Early Learning,

Squalicum Boat House, 5-7pm, free, 360-6713660, info@wcel.net or www.wcel.net. (pg. 25)

Live in the Piano Lounge: Bobby Lee McMurray and Angelica Flores (lively piano

and singer-songwriter), Jansen Art Center, 5:30pm, no cover. (pg. 4) Meditation Hour, Simply Spirit Reading & Healing Center, 5:30-6:30pm, $5, 360-647-7134. (pg. 11) Incognito Dinner, Ciao Thyme, 6-8:30pm, $68, 360-733-1267. (pg. 8) Sit, Knit & Crochet, Apple Yarns, 6-8pm, free. (pg. 26) Folk Dancing, Fairhaven Branch Library, 7:15-10pm. (pg. 9) ”The Illusion,” iDiOM Theater, 8pm, $10, 360-201-5464, www.idiomtheater.com. (31) Trivia with Jeff Aaron “The Fish,” Skagit Valley Casino Resort’s Winners Lounge, 8pmmidnight, no cover, 877-275-2448, www.theskagit.com.

FRIDAY 1/24/2014 Gentle Yoga Class with Joani Glasser, 10:30am, $15 drop-in. (pg. 12)

The Dr. Is In: Knitting and Crochet Questions, Apple Yarns, 3-5pm, free. (pg. 26)

Toshokan! Cosplay @ Your Library (ages

12-20s), Lecture Room, Bellingham Central Public Library, 4-6pm, 360-778-7323 (Jennifer), www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org. Free Teen Yoga Class, Yoga Northwest, 4:15-5:15pm. (pg. 12) Western Line Dancing Class, Ten Mile Grange, newbies at 5:45pm, beginners at 6:30pm, intermediates at 7:30pm. (pg. 9) Author Reads: “The Crane Wife” by Patrick Ness (fiction), Village Books, 7pm, 360-671-2626, www.villagebooks.com.

Whatcom READS! Event: Heather Anderson, Deming Library, 7-8:30pm, free, 360-305-3600. (pg. 7)

Bradford Loomis & Jessica Lynne (roots/

Americana), The Conway Muse, 7:30pm, $7, 360-445-3000, www.conwaymuse.com or conwaymuse@conwaymuse.com. ”BTG Musical Birthday Bash,” Bellingham Theatre Guild, 7:30pm, $14 / $12 / $8, 360733-1811, www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com. (pg. 32) Colin Hay, Skagit Valley Casino Resort’s Pacific Showroom, 8pm, $28 / $32, 877-275-2448, www.theskagit.com. (pg. 6) ”The Illusion,” iDiOM Theater, 8pm, $10, 360-201-5464, www.idiomtheater.com. (31)

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JANUARY 2014 Music & Dancing with DJ Clint Westwood,

Skagit Valley Casino Resort’s Winners Lounge, 9pm-1am, no cover, www.theskagit.com.

SATURDAY 1/25/2014 American Legion Saturday Pancake Breakfast, American Legion Post 154 (Ferndale), 8-11am, $6 adults / $3 ages 6-12 / free children under 6, 360-384-7474, dahubbard10@gmail.com. (pg. 25) Deming Book Club (“Wild” by Sheryl Strayed), Deming Library, 10am-noon, 360-305-3600.

Greg Aanes Furniture Showroom Open

(focusing on Extension Tables), 10am-2pm, www.FurnitureBellingham.com, 360-389-2714. (pg. 11) Sterling Silver Ring Workshop, Jansen Art Center, 11am-5pm, $85, 360-354-3600. (28)

Zatoichi Series: “Adventures of Zatoichi,”

Pickford Film Center, 11am, $8. (pg. 10) Street Law at the Library / Access ID (for adults), Bellingham Central Library Lecture Room, 1-4pm, free, 360-778-7323. Lavender & Water Casting Workshop (adults only), Bellingham Metal Arts Guild (BMAG), 2-4:30pm, $45 + materials fee (see web site). (pg. 28)

Whatcom READS! Preserving Life Stories – “Wild” as Memoir, Fairhaven Branch Library

Fireplace Room, 2-3:30pm, free, 360-7787230, knbray@cob.org. (pg. 21) Winter Dance Showcase, Bellingham Dance Company, 2pm, $10 advance, $15 at the door, www.bellinghamdancecompany.com or 360-224-4082. (pg. 10) Knit 911 Class, Apple Yarns, 2:30-3:30pm, $25, 360-756-9992, andrea@appleyarns.com or www.appleyarns.com. (pg. 26)

Aqua 2: Allegra Women’s Vocal Ensemble Concert, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church,

3-4pm, $10 suggested donation, 360-676-1024, info@bellinghamsings.org or www.bellinghamsings.org. (pg. 8)

Whatcom READS! Event: Walking Wild in the Pacific Northwest, Everson Library, 3-4:30pm,

free, 360-305-3600. (pg. 7) Author Reads: “Broken Lines: The Art & Craft of Poetry” by Judith Skillman, Village Books, 4pm, 360-671-2626, www.villagebooks.com. The World of Puppets Workshop (families and children age 6-14), Jansen Art Center, 4-6pm, $30 per person, 360-354-3600. (pg. 24) Ruvara Marimba (Zimbabwean dance music), Jansen Arts Center, 6:30-8:30pm, $10, 360-354-3600, info@jansenartcenter.org or www.ruvara.org. (pg. 8) Saturday Ballroom Dance, Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 6:30-9pm, $5, 360-733-4030, cbell@wccoa.org or www.wccoa.org. (pg. 9)

Kelly Shrey (acoustic singer/songwriter), The

Conway Muse, 7:30pm, $7, 360-445-3000, conwaymuse@conwaymuse.com or www.conwaymuse.com. Winter Dance Showcase, Bellingham Dance Company, 7:30pm, $10 advance, $15 at the door, www.bellinghamdancecompany.com or 360-224-4082. (pg. 10) Colin Hay, Skagit Valley Casino Resort’s Pacific Showroom, 8pm, $28 / $32, 877-275-2448, www.theskagit.com. (pg. 6) ”The Illusion,” iDiOM Theater, 8pm, $10, 360-201-5464, www.idiomtheater.com. (31) Chris Eger Band, Skagit Valley Casino Resort’s Winners Lounge, 9pm-1am, no cover, 877-275-2448, www.theskagit.com.

Salsa Dance Party with Rumba Northwest, Cafe Rumba, 9:30pm, $4.

SUNDAY 1/26/2014 Listen to Women’s Voices NW, KMRE 102.3

FM, 9-10am, free, 360-738-3886, www.sparkmuseum.org. (pg. 24) Crafting for a Better Bellingham, Apple Yarns, 1-4pm, free. (pg. 26) ”BTG Musical Birthday Bash,” Bellingham Theatre Guild, 2pm, $14 / $12 / $8, 360-7331811, www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com. (32) Skagit Symphony Family Concert, McIntyre Hall, 2-3:30pm, $10 adults / youth under 16 free (with adult), 360-848-9336, info@skagitsymphony.com or www.skagitsymphony.com. (pg. 25) Community Seed Swap, The Majestic, 2:30-5:30pm, suggested donation $3 / $5 per family, seeds@sustainablebellingham.org. (11) Trio Affettuoso Concert, Central Lutheran Church, 3-4:30pm, free admission / donations accepted, 360-724-7300, shelross@gmail.com. (pg. 8) Author Reads: “Lab Lit: Putting Real Science Into Fiction” by Kirk Smith, Village Books, 4pm, 360-671-2626, www.villagebooks.com. Jazz Project: Art of Jazz Series, Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room, 4-6:30pm, $16 general / free for Jazz Project members, 360-650-1066, jsherwoodjazzproject@earthlink.net. (pg. 8)

Bellwether Sunday Jazz on the Bay: Alicia Dauber Quartet, Hotel Bellwether, 4:307:30pm, no cover, 360-961-4884, ranenogales@msn.com.

Africa Fundraising Dinner for Lummi Youth Academy, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship,

5-7pm, $20-$40 suggested donation, 360-738-8899, bethbrownf@aol.com. (pg. 11) Ben Starner (piano), The Conway Muse, 6pm, $5, conwaymuse@conwaymuse.com, 360-445-3000 or www.conwaymuse.com. Auditions: “Women of Lockerbie,” Bellingham Theatre Guild, 7pm, free, 360-733-1811, bellinghamtheatreguild@yahoo.com or bellinghamtheatreguild.com. (pg. 31)

MONDAY 1/27/2014 Sit, Knit & Crochet, Apple Yarns, 10am-noon, free. (pg. 26)

Whatcom Learning Lab Reading Tutoring,

Northwest Baptist Church, 3-5pm, sliding scale fee, 360-371-3978.

TeenTANK presents: Teen Game Afternoon

(ages 12-18), Bellingham Central Library Lecture Room, 4-5:30pm, 778-7323 (Jennifer), www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org. Knife Skills, Ciao Thyme, 5:30-7:30pm, $48, 360-733-1267. (pg. 8) Make-It Mondays, Mount Vernon City Library, 6-7pm, free, sarah@mountvernonwa.gov, 360336-6209 or www.mountvernonwa.gov/library. Auditions: “Women of Lockerbie,” Bellingham Theatre Guild, 7pm, free, 360-733-1811, bellinghamtheatreguild@yahoo.com or bellinghamtheatreguild.com. (pg. 31)

Harmony Northwest Chorus Open House,

Mount Vernon Community Center, 7-9:30pm, free, contact@harmonynorthwest.org, 360-428-4186 or www.harmonynorthwest.org. (pg. 6) Open Mic with Laurel Leigh, Village Books, 7pm, 360-671-2626, www.villagebooks.com.

TUESDAY 1/28/2014 Sit, Knit & Crochet, Apple Yarns, 10am-noon, free. (pg. 26)

Saturday Night Music: Austin Miedema

(contemporary and modern piano), Jansen Art Center, 6:30pm, no cover. (pg. 4) Author Reads: “The Scar Boys” by Len Vlahos (fiction), Village Books, 7pm, 360-671-2626, www.villagebooks.com. Contra Dance, Fairhaven Library, 7-10:30pm, $8-$10 ($6 students), 360-676-1554, www.bellinghamcountrydance.org. (pg. 10) The 16th Annual Arts & Jazz Auction, Blaine Cafeteria, 7-10pm, $5, 360-380-1634, bgray@blainesd.org. (pg. 11) ”BTG Musical Birthday Bash,” Bellingham Theatre Guild, 7:30pm, $14 / $12 / $8, 360733-1811, www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com. (pg. 32) NEW: NEW: Submit Submit your your event event info info online online at at www.ennw.info/submit-an-event/. www.ennw.info/submit-an-event/. Thank Thank you! you!

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JANUARY 2014 Gentle Yoga Class with Joani Glasser,

10:30am, $15 drop-in. (pg. 12) Minecraft for Teens, Lynden Library, 2:304:30pm, 360-305-3600. (pg. 24)

College Students Unite: Social Knitting/ Crochet Circle, Apple Yarns, 4-6pm, free. (26) InkSpot Writing Club with the Whatcom Young Writers (grades 5-8), Central Bellingham Library Conference Room, 4:15-5:15pm, free, 360-778-7200, bhoglund@cob.org.

Builders Club (ages 4-12) with Mat Hudson, Central Bellingham Library Lecture Room, 5:30-7:30pm, free, 360-778-7200. French Bistro Classics, Ciao Thyme, 6:308:30pm, $58, 360-733-1267. (pg. 8)

”In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter,” Pickford Film Center, 6:30pm, $10, 360-647-1300, www.pickfordfilmcenter.org. (pg. 10) Author Reads: “Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us about Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth” by Vicki Robin, Village Books, 7pm, 360-671-2626, www.villagebooks.com. Beginning Square Dance Lesson, Mount Vernon Senior Center, 7-9pm, $4. (pg. 9) Weekly Folk Dancing, Bayview Civic Hall, 7-9:30pm, $3, 360-766-6866. (pg. 9)

WEDNESDAY 1/29/2014 Consumer Educational Seminar: “Training the Brain to Listen: Getting the most from your hearing devices,” Bellingham Golf & Country Club, 10-11am, reservations at 360-734-1866 (limited to 25 people). (pg. 1) Ferndale Toddler Time, Boys & Girls Club of Ferndale, 10-11:30am, $2-$5. (pg. 4) Genealogy Assistance (for adults), Bellingham Central Library Genealogy Alcove, 10am-2pm, free, 360-778-7323.

Home Schoolers Unite: Knit/Crochet Social Circle, Apple Yarns, 1-3pm, free. (pg. 26) One-on-One Tech Coaching Session (basic

computer, Internet, and downloading skills for adults), Bellingham Central Library Lecture Room, 2-4pm, free, 360-778-7200, www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org. Minecraft (grades 6-12), Ferndale Library, 3-6pm, 360-305-3600. (pg. 24)

Whatcom Learning Lab Reading Tutoring,

Northwest Baptist Church, 3-5pm, sliding scale fee, 360-371-3978. Healing Hour, Simply Spirit Reading & Healing Center, 5:30-6:30pm, $5, 360-647-7134. (11) Crafting for a Better Bellingham, Apple Yarns, 6-8pm, free. (pg. 26) Reiki Circle/Share, Unity Church of Bellingham, 6:30-8:30pm, free / by donation, 360-224-3335, SallyJL51@comcast.net or www.greentouch.net. (pg. 12) Scottish Country Dancing Class, Fairhaven Library, 7-9:30pm, $8. (pg. 9)

THURSDAY 1/30/2014 High Tea and Historic Cathedral in Vancouver, BC, departs Bellingham Senior Activity Center at 9am, $109, www.wccoa.org. (pg. 7)

Bellingham High School (1961-63) Knitting Group, Apple Yarns, 3-5pm, free. (pg. 26) InkSpot Young Writer’s Group (grades 6-8),

Ferndale Library, 3-4pm, free, 360-305-3600, register at www.wcls.org. (pg. 24)

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Fairhaven InkSpot Writing Club with the Whatcom Young Writers (grades 5-8),

Fairhaven Library Fireplace Room, 4:155:15pm, free, 360-778-7200, bhoglund@cob.org. Live in the Piano Lounge: Steve Rudy (lively jazz), Jansen Art Center, 5:30pm, no cover. (4) Meditation Hour, Simply Spirit Reading & Healing Center, 5:30-6:30pm, $5. (pg. 11) Sit, Knit & Crochet, Apple Yarns, 6-8pm, free. (pg. 26) Indian Curries with Meeru, Ciao Thyme, 6:30-8:30pm, $78, 360-733-1267. (pg. 8)

The Chuckanut Radio Hour 7th Anniversary Show with musical guests The Walrus,

Heiner Theater at Whatcom Community College, doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7pm, $5, 671-2626, www.villagebooks.com or www.brownpapertickets.com. (pg. 24) Writing for Children Workshop, Skagit Valley College, 6:30-8pm, $49, 360-416-7638, Tee. DavisOverby@skagit.edu or www.skagit.edu. (pg. 21) Folk Dancing, Fairhaven Branch Library, 7:15-10pm. (pg. 9) NT Live: “Coriolanus,” Lincoln Theatre, 7:30pm, $15 general / $13 seniors / $11 students with $2 off for Lincoln Theatre members, www.lincolntheatre.org or 360-336-8955. (pg. 31) ”i,” iDiOM Theater, 8pm, $10, 360-201-5464, sol@idiomtheater.com, www.idiomtheater.com. (pg. 31) Open Mic Karaoke, Skagit Valley Casino Resort’s Winners Lounge, 8pm-midnight, no cover, 877-275-2448, www.theskagit.com.

FRIDAY 1/31/2014 Gentle Yoga Class with Joani Glasser, 10:30am, $15 drop-in. (pg. 12)

The Dr. Is In: Knitting and Crochet Questions, Apple Yarns, 3-5pm, free. (pg. 26)

Skagit Valley College International Dinner,

McIntyre Hall, 5pm, $49 / $35 / $20, 360-416-7727, elizabeth.risser@skagit.edu or www.mcintyrehall.org. (pg. 8) Western Line Dancing Open House, Ten Mile Grange. 5:45pm. (pg. 9)

Friday Night Writes Club for Teens

at Village Books, 6-7pm, free, www.WhatcomYoungWriters.org. ”The Phantom of the Opera,” Lynden Christian High School Worship and Fine Arts Center, 7pm, $10 adults / $6 students and seniors, 360-318-9525. (pg. 31) Brian Lee & the Orbiters (blues), The Conway Muse, 7:30pm, $10, 360-445-3000, conwaymuse@conwaymuse.com or www.conwaymuse.com. ”BTG Musical Birthday Bash,” Bellingham Theatre Guild, 7:30pm, $14 / $12 / $8, 360733-1811, www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com. (pg. 32)

Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits,

McIntyre Hall, 7:30pm, $25, 360-416-7727, mcintyre.hall@skagit.edu, www.mcintyrehall.org. (pg. 8) ”i,” iDiOM Theater, 8pm, $10, 360-201-5464, www.idiomtheater.com. (pg. 31)

Music & Dancing with DJ Clint Westwood,

Skagit Valley Casino Resort’s Winners Lounge, 9pm-1am, no cover, 877-275-2448, www.theskagit.com.

SATURDAY 2/1/2014 Writer’s Retreat: Crafting Your Memoir,

Whatcom Community College, 9am-3:30pm, $69, 360-383-3200, lswan@whatcom.ctc.edu or www.whatcomcommunityed.com. Visit Sculpture Woods, 10am-5pm, free, www.annmorrisbronze.com. (pg. 27) Bellingham Ukulele Group (BUG) Jam, St. James Presbyterian Church, 2-5pm, $5 suggested donation, 360-733-6867, bhamuke@gmail.com or www.bellinghamukulelegroup.com. (pg. 4) ”BTG Musical Birthday Bash,” Bellingham Theatre Guild, 2pm & 7:30pm, $14 / $12 / $8, www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com or 360-733-1811. (pg. 32) ”The Phantom of the Opera,” LCHS Worship and Fine Arts Center, 7pm, $10 / $6, 360-318-9525. (pg. 31) ”i,” iDiOM Theater, 8pm, $10, 360-201-5464, www.idiomtheater.com. (pg. 31) International Guitar Night, Lincoln Theatre, 8pm, $32 / $29 / $26 / $23 with $2 off for Lincoln Theatre Members, 360-336-8955, www.lincolntheatre.org. (pg. 8)

SUNDAY 2/2/2014 ”BTG Musical Birthday Bash,” Bellingham

Theatre Guild, 2pm, $14 / $12 / $8, 360-7331811, www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com. (32) Bellingham Laughter Club, Downtown Food Co-op Connections Building, 4-5pm, free, 360-734-4989, therapeuticstudio@msn.com. (pg. 24)

MONDAY 2/3/2014 Calligraphy: The Foundational Hand (6 weeks) begins, Stampadoodle & The Paper Cafe, 6-8pm, $100 + supplies, 360-647-9663, christy@pilgrimsquill.com or www.pilgrimsquill.com. (pg. 29)

TUESDAY 2/4/2013 Gentle Yoga Class with Joani Glasser, 10:30am, $15 drop-in. (pg. 12)

Supper – Southern Style, Ciao Thyme,

6:30-8:30pm, $48, 360-733-1267. (pg. 8)

”The Phantom of the Opera,” LCHS Worship and Fine Arts Center, 7pm, $10 / $6, 360-318-9525. (pg. 31) Weekly Folk Dancing, Bayview Civic Hall, 7-9:30pm, $3, 360-766-6866.

WEDNESDAY 2/5/2014 Seattle Flower and Garden Show, departs

Bellingham Senior Activity Center at 9am, $65.99, www.wccoa.org. (pg. 7) Ferndale Toddler Time, Boys & Girls Club of Ferndale, 10-11:30am, $2-$5. (pg. 24) Author Reads: “Images of America: Mount Baker” by John D’Onofrio and Todd Warger, Village Books, 7pm, 360-671-2626, www.villagebooks.com. Scottish Country Dancing Class, Fairhaven Library, 7-9:30pm, $8. (pg. 9)

Mike Allen Quartet (MAQ) Jazz Series,

Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 7:309:30pm, $10, Mike.Allen@wwu.edu, 360-650-3133 or www.mikeallenjazz.com.

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Afghanistan 1972/73: The Country as it was – Richard Abbott worked in

Afghanistan on a project to establish the Afghan Fertilizer Company, a U.S. foreign aid project designed to increase agricultural production. He will be presenting a slide show of pictures taken during his travels about the country and provide background information on the geography, agriculture, and tribal areas of this fascinating place. Join us at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St., on Wed., Jan. 8, from 1-2pm. Free admission. More info: 360-733-4030, cbell@wccoa.org or www.wccoa.org.

Imaging the Arctic: Climate Science Through Art – Join us on Sat., Jan. 11 at

2pm at the Whatcom Museum Old City Hall (121 Prospect St., Bellingham) as expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin and Arctic biologist Kristin Laidre share their process of collaboration in communicating the impact of sea ice loss on narwhals and polar bears in Greenland. Laidre is a research scientist for the University of Washington’s Polar Science

Workshops at Sacred Time – Sacred

Time is offering the following workshops beginning in January: Becoming an Elder, Tuesdays, Jan. 7, 21, Feb. 4 & 18; Wounded Heart: Living with Loss, Wednesdays, Jan. 8, 22, Feb. 5 & 19; Pioneer a Career, Thursdays, Jan. 9, 23, Feb. 6 & 20; Live with Intention, Fridays, Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7 & 21. All classes are offered from 8:30-10:30am or 6:308:30pm, cost $180 and include eight hours of coaching, content, and one six-month individual follow-up session. Sacred Time is located at 103 E. Holly St., Bellingham. More info and to register: 360-303-1312, sacredtime@live.com , www.sacred-time.com.

Free Improv Workshop – Come join us on Tues., Jan. 14 at 7pm for an evening of play, creativity, storytelling and fun at Improv Playworks, 1308 E St., Bellingham. We will do a selection of games and exercises from improvisational theater. All levels welcome; absolutely no experience necessary! New Year Special: Sign up for an 8-week session and receive $15 off! More info: 360-756-0756, sheila@improvplayworks.com or www.improvplayworks.com.

2014 Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Conference – Join us on Sat., Jan. 18 from 9:30am-3pm for the 2014 Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Conference at WCC’s Syre Center, 237 Kellogg Rd., Bellingham. This year’s theme, “Uniting Human Rights and Environmental Justice,” will be addressed by local keynote speaker and Lummi Councilperson Jay Julius. He will speak on

Center studying how environmental factors change the movement and behavior of top marine predators. Coryell-Martin works in the tradition of traveling artists as naturalists and educators. She supports scientific outreach and education through art, to cultivate observation, scientific inquiry, and environmental awareness. Free admission. Info: 360-854-2599, nci@ncascades.org or www.ncascades.org.

How It’s Made: Artist Lecture with Steve Rudy – Join us as Steve Rudy gives

Jansen Art Center’s inaugural “How It’s Made” artist lecture on Tues., Jan. 14 at 6:30pm at Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. This new series invites you to uncover the passion, inspiration, and technique behind the arts through an engaging discussion with artists. Steve Rudy will utilize the piano to talk about the process of writing songs and how jazz differs from other musical forms. Tickets available online: $5 adults / $3 students, seniors, children, military with ID. Info: 360-354-3600, info@jansenartcenter.org or www.jansenartcenter.org.

issues of local environmental importance to the tribes. Skill-building workshops will follow and be facilitated by community educators and activists. Light refreshments will be provided. Clock hours are available for teachers. Free admission. More info: 360-734-0217, whatcomhrtf@gmail.com or www.whatcompjc.org.

Near Life Experience: Why Wait Until You’re Dying? – Don Ley, a

spiritual healer and teacher, will share the story of his own near death experience as well as stories and perspective from his life’s work relating to changes in consciousness over the past 40-50 years. Join us for this lecture on Thurs., Jan. 16 at 7pm at the Fairhaven Public Library, 1117 12th St., Bellingham. Admission is $5-$10 suggested donation (no one turned away). More info: cyndy.sheldon@comcast.net or www.bellinghamions.blogspot.com.

Whatcom READS! Preserving Life Stories – Wild as Memoir – Join Sara

Geballe of Memoir Crafters on Wed., Jan 22, 10-11:30am, at the Ferndale Library (2007 Cherry St., 360-305-3600) or Sat., Jan. 25, 2-3:30pm, at the Fireplace Room at the Fairhaven Branch Library, as she discusses Cheryl Strayed’s Wild in an interactive session on the craft of memoir and the value of preserving your life story for you, your loved ones, and future generations. Experience first-hand, through the use of simple prompts, how one triggered memory naturally leads to the next and the next. Sara will also describe how a personal historian can work with you to transform the sometimes daunting task of writing down your life story into a doable, rewarding, and fun project. Info: Katie at knbray@cob.org or 360-778-7230.

Make-It Mondays – Mount Vernon City

Library (315 Snoqualmie St.) is hosting a series of art and crafting workshops for adults on Monday evenings this winter. The first event is Intro to Watercolors with Deirdre Czoberek on Mon., Jan. 27 from 6-7pm. No experience necessary and supplies will be provided. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Admission is free. More info: 360-336-6209, sarah@mountvernonwa.gov or www.mountvernonwa.gov/library.

Writing for Children Workshop –

“Shining the Spotlight on Children’s Concept Books, Picture Books and Storybooks,” a writing workshop led by local author, Lois V. Harris, will cover each category’s guidelines and marketing resources. Learn how to create a dummy (writers/illustrators could also add illustration ideas), share it with your classmates, and receive feedback. Class (6076 CENGL 054) will be offered on Thurs., Jan. 30 at 6:30pm and again on Thurs., Feb. 6 at 6:30pm at Skagit Valley College, 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. Cost is $49. More info: 360-416-7638 (to register), Tee.DavisOverby@skagit.edu or www.skagit.edu.

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Whatcom READS! Exhibit: Mother of the Pacific Crest Trail – Working

with Jeff Jewell of the Whatcom Museum, staff at Bellingham Public Library have created an attractive tabletop display of the history of the Pacific Crest Trail that focuses on the Founder, Catherine Montgomery, who was the supervisor of primary grades at Washington State Normal School (now WWU). The exhibit will be available for viewing at the Deming Library (5044 Mt. Baker Highway) Jan. 2-15. More info: 360-305-3600.

The Grand Lady of Mt. Baker – Local

historian Michael Impero presents the complete history of the original Mt. Baker Lodge on Sat., Jan. 18, 3-5pm, at the Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Learn about the early expeditions up the North Fork of the Nooksack River and about the operation of the lodge from 1927 until it burned in 1931 and all its assets were sold in a 1943 bankruptcy. Program includes photos of the area; some are very old, some are current. Michael has also authored The Lone Jack, Dreams of Gold, and The Boys of Glacier. More info: 360-305-3600.

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Whatcom READS! 2014: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild by Meghan Thompson

New Book Tells History of Mount Baker in Photos Arcadia Publishing has released Images of America: Mount Baker, a new book that traces the history of Mount Baker from its “discovery” by Captain George Vancouver to the modern era of snowboards and drive-through espresso stands. The book, by local authors John D’Onofrio and Todd Warger, features hundreds of historical photographs – many of them never before published – by such legendary photographers as Darius Kinsey, Bert Huntoon and Galen Biery. The book captures the rich and colorful history of the mountain; the madness of the Mount Baker Gold Rush, the rise of the logging industry, the bold adventures of explorers and early climbers seeking the glory of conquest, the ill-fated Mount Baker Lodge, the stranger-than-fiction story of the Mount Baker Marathon, the halcyon days of movie stars on the mountain, and the rise of the ski area. John D’Onofrio, publisher/editor of Adventures NW magazine and Todd Warger, director of The Mountain Runners film did extensive research to create a chronology of human activity on the mountain, cataloguing tales both inspiring and bizarre. The two were granted access to remarkable photo collections handed down from generation to generation. Some of these images are iconic and familiar, others have never been seen outside of the families that preserved them. D’Onofrio and Warger will be presenting a slide show of images from the book, sharing stories from the mountain, and signing books at Village Books, 1200 11th St., Bellingham, on Wed., Feb. 5 at 7pm. The event will also be broadcast on KMRE-LP 102.3 & KAVZ-LP 102.5. Free admission. More info: 360-671-2626, www.villagebooks.com.

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“In my perception, the world wasn’t a graph or formula or an equation. It was a story.” With the New Year upon us, and the winter weather urging us to stay inside, it’s time again for the annual Whatcom READS! book selection. This year’s pick, Wild, a memoir written by Cheryl Strayed, is a #1 New York Times bestseller that’s currently being made into a movie starring Reece Witherspoon. A story of suspense, humor, struggle, and warmth, Wild powerfully participating Whatcom READS! captures the partner organizations during the many terrors month of February. and pleasures Whatcom READS! is a of a young community-wide reading and woman forging discussion program intended to ahead against encourage all Whatcom County all odds on a residents to read the same book journey that and create a county-wide book tested, club experience. Modeled after strengthened, Cheryl Strayed. Photo by Joni Kabana. the highly successful Seattle and ultimately, Reads program, which began in healed her. At 1998 and became a national twenty-two, Strayed thought she had lost phenomenon, communities across the everything. In the wake of her mother’s country, large and small, from New York death, her family scattered, and her own to San Francisco to Spokane, have been marriage was soon destroyed. Four years hosting similar programs to wide acclaim, later, with nothing more to lose, she each with the shared vision of creating an made the most impulsive decision of her annual literary happening that will have life. With no experience or training, neighbors talking with neighbors about driven only by blind will, she would hike great literature. more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Strayed is also the author of Tiny Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life through California and Oregon to from Dear Sugar, as well as the critically Washington State – and she would do it acclaimed novel Torch, which was alone. selected by The Oregonian as one of the Whether you’ve participated in top ten books of 2006 by Pacific Whatcom READS! in the past, or not, you Northwest Authors. Her stories and essays won’t want to miss the many amazing have appeared in numerous magazines events being hosted throughout the and journals, including The New York county, including an evening with the Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, The author at Mount Baker Theatre, an Rumpus, Self, The Missouri Review, and interview about the book at the The Sun. Bellingham Ferry Terminal, memoir For more information about Whatcom crafting sessions, presentations from READS!, their numerous partner others that have hiked the Pacific Crest organizations, a complete calendar of Trail, exhibits, and book discussion events, and a way that you can help groups. provide copies of Wild to share with other This past fall, Fourth Corner Quilts Whatcom County residents through the sponsored a unique quilting challenge, Free Range Books Program, visit their inspired by the book, where quilters of all website at www.WhatcomREADS.org. For ages were encouraged to create a quilt more information about Cheryl Strayed, that reflected the issues, themes, and or her memoir, Wild, visit her website at locations presented within the book. The www.CherylStrayed.com. Happy reading! submitted quilts will be displayed at Entertainment News Northwest ~ January 2014

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January Events at Village Books –

Village Books holds many author readings and other events during the month (see calendar). All events held in the Readings Gallery unless otherwise noted. • Our annual holiday sale will be held Tues., Dec. 31, 9am-6pm, and Wed., Jan. 1, 10am-8:30pm. • Resolutions: Mini Workshops to Jumpstart Your New Year will be held Sat., Jan. 4, 11am-4pm. No tickets or reservations needed. Details can be found online. • Writer’s Resolutions: Mini Workshops to Jumpstart Your Writing Life will be held Sun., Jan. 5, noon-5pm. No tickets or reservations needed. Details can be found online. Changes, additions, and cancellations do occur. Check the website for the most complete information about our author events. 1200 11th St. in Fairhaven. Info: www.villagebooks.com, 360-671-2626.

CSWT Open Mic – Join us for the

Chuckanut Sandstone Writer’s Theater Open Mic on Wed., Jan. 8 from 7-8:30pm at the Firehouse Cafe, 1314 Harris Ave., Bellingham. Free admission. More info: 360-671-9961 or joakworm@aol.com.

Whatcom READS! Event: Writing Wilderness: A Winning Setting for Great Fiction – Join local author and

mystery writer Pam Beason to discuss wilderness as a compelling setting, as it was in Cheryl Strayed’s bestseller Wild. Many of Pam’s mysteries take place in wilderness settings; a choice made by other popular writers like Nevada Barr. Pam spends a lot of time hiking, snowshoeing, and kayaking in the wilderness, and her passion for wild places and wild animals definitely influences her writing. This presentation for adults will take place Sat., Jan. 11, 1-2:30pm, at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street. More info: 360-305-3600.

Poetry Reading: Kathryn Hunt and Jennifer Bullis – Join Port Townsend

writer-filmmaker Kathryn Hunt and Bellingham poet Jennifer Bullis for an evening of poetry on Sat., Jan. 11 at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St., Bellingham. Hunt will read from her new collection, Long Way Through Ruin, while Bullis will read from Impossible Lessons. Free admission. More info: 360-671-2626, jenniferbullis@comcast.net.

WWP Monthly Meeting – Whatcom Writers and Publishers will hold their monthly meeting on Wed., Jan. 15 at

5:30pm at Nicki’s Bella Marina, Squalicum Harbor, Bellingham. Local author and publisher MaryAnn Kohl will tell the story of how she built a successful publishing company and career from writing nonfiction activity books about art for children. MaryAnn is the owner of Bright Ring Publishing (www.brightring.com), celebrating its 29th year in 2014. Guests may order from restaurant menu. Info: www.whatcomwritersandpublishers.org.

Responding to Art: Poetry Reading/ Workshop with Seattle Poet Chris Jarmick – AHA! This After Hours Art

event begins on Thurs., Jan. 16 at 5pm at the Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher (250 Flora Street, Bellingham) with a tour of the Vanishing Ice exhibition, followed by a poetry reading/workshop led by the illustrious Seattle poet Chris J. Jarmick. Participants will respond to prompts to inspire poems in response to the Vanishing Ice artworks. The workshop will encourage an active reaction to the environment

through poetry, and offer ideas to stimulate a new perspective. Each participant will be invited to be part of a reading during April (National Poetry Month). Sponsored in part by Humanities Washington. Admission is $5 general / museum members free. Info: 360-3987870, info@whatcompoetryseries.org or www.vanishing-ice.org.

Taylor Branch: “The King Years” –

Part of the Writers in the Limelight Series presented by Village Books. In Taylor Branch’s latest book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement, Branch has identified eighteen essential moments from the Civil Rights Movement and, providing selections from his trilogy, has placed each moment in historical context with a newly written introduction. The captivating result is a slender but comprehensive view of America in the turbulent, transformative 1960s, by our nation’s foremost (continued on page 24)

Apocalypse Bellingham — Novel Brings Fresh Insights by Christopher Key Robert Slater is a Renaissance Man, by any measure. Actor, director, musician, composer and now, novelist. By day, he is a mildmannered teacher at Windward, Ferndale’s small choice high school. By night, he is an immensely talented writer who draws on his experience with alienated youth to produce a first novel that is truly mesmerizing. I say first because it’s promoted as a Deserted Lands novel, indicating that there will be more to come set in Slater’s imaginary universe. If All Is Silence is a forerunner for a series, then I say, “Bring it.” Slater has created a post-apocalyptic world that is inwardly and outwardly consistent by paying attention to the details. Lizzie, the anti-hero of this novel, is the tough chick with a heart of gold. She survives the pandemic apocalypse that wipes out 95 percent of the world’s population. Why? That may be revealed in future episodes. She captures the reader by being so human that you can’t help being sucked into her world. That world involves Bellingham, where the novel is set. I love reading novels that are set in my universe. Jim Lynch and David Guterson come to mind. Their evocation of this peculiar Fourth Corner of the nation always sucks me in because I know the territory. Slater characterizes All Is Silence as a Young Adult novel. Don’t be turned off by that label. I have come to realize that Young Adult is not so much about the target audience as it is about the characters in the novel. Slater, like J. K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins, writes about young people, but engages a wider audience, thereby furthering understanding of what it is like to be young in this difficult world. Yeah, I have put him into some pretty fast company here with my comparisons. Read the book and see if I am being hyperbolic. Signed pre-ordered copies are available at www.desertedlands.com. They will arrive the first full week in January.

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Community Monthly Breakfast – The

Rome Grange presents a community breakfast on the first Sunday of the month. Join us on Sun., Jan. 5 from 8am-1pm at Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Hwy., Bellingham, and meet and greet local politicians as they serve you coffee and breakfast. Breakfast features pancakes, French toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice & coffee. Biscuits and gravy now available, too! Fastest service is 11am1pm. Admission is $5 adults / $2 kids 6-10 / free 5 and under. More info: 360-739-9605.

Kids Storytimes – Check out our

storytimes for kids and families: Toddler Time (20 minutes of stories, songs, and

other amusements for ages 1-3 – Blaine Library, Tuesdays, 10:30-11am; Ferndale Library, Mondays, 9:45am or 10:30am (no program Jan. 20); Lynden Library, Wednesdays, 9:30am or 10:30am. • Play and Learn Storytime (an hour of fun for 3-5 year olds) – Everson Library, Mondays, 10:30-11:30am (no program Jan. 20); Ferndale Library, Fridays, 10:30-11:30am (beginning Jan. 10); Sumas Library, Mondays, 10:30-11:30am (no program Jan. 20). • Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) – Deming Library, Tuesdays, 10:30-11am; Lynden Library, Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30-11am (beginning Jan. 14); North Fork Library, Tuesdays, 10:30-11am. • Play, Learn and Connect! (birth & up) – Lynden Library, Thursdays, 10:30am-noon (beginning Jan. 23). Info: 360-305-3600.

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authoritative voice on the subject. Join us on Sat., Jan. 18 at noon at Pickford Film Center, 1416 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham. Admission is $5; 21+ only. Info: 360-6471300 or www.pickfordfilmcenter.org.

Writing and Publishing Presentation with Abbe Rolnick – Join writer Abbe

Rolnick for a conversation on the art of writing and her most recent novel, Color of Lies, at this adult event Sat., Jan. 18, 4-6pm, at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway. The discussion will span the creation of a story, from the birth of an idea to the development of characters, plot, theme, and place. Abbe will explore the many journeys this research takes an author. Please register online at www.wcls.org for this free event. More info: 360-305-3600.

InkSpot Young Writer’s Group –

Come join us for InkSpot! Whatcom Young Writers, in partnership with Ferndale Public Library, is assembling a young writers group. Your words, your stories, your voice matters. Free and open to grades 6-8. Register at www.wcls.org. The group will meet Thursdays, Jan. 23-March 27, 3-4pm, at the Ferndale Library, 2007 Cherry St. More info: Dianne Smith at 360-305-3600.

The Chuckanut Radio Hour – Join us

for the 7th Anniversary Show of the Chuckanut Radio Hour at Heiner Theater at Whatcom Community College on Thurs., Jan. 30. Enjoy highlights from past shows, a new essay by Alan Rhodes, a brand new episode of the “Bellingham Bean,” live music by The Walrus, and a few clips from some of the best of 2013. Doors open at 6:30pm and taping begins promptly at 7pm (we ask that everyone be seated by 6:45pm). Co-sponsored by the Whatcom Community College Foundation, 12th Street Shoes, Fairhaven Village Inn and Westside Pizza. Tickets are $5 and are available at Village Books or online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Info: 360-671-2626, www.villagebooks.com.

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building virtual worlds? Are you in middle school or high school? Then you should join the Minecraft Club at the Lynden Library for grades 6-12. Join us weekly on Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30pm, at the Lynden Library (216 4th St.). • Come to the Ferndale Library (2007 Cherry St.) on Wednesdays (3-6pm) in January and play this super fun game! We will have 8 laptops available for players and 6 library Minecraft accounts to use. If you have your own laptop feel free to bring it. If you already have a Minecraft account, you can use that with one of our laptops. More info: 360-305-3600.

2014 Skagit Eagle Festival – The

Skagit Eagle Festival is a month-long event held every year in January, during eaglewatching season in eastern Skagit County (Concrete, Rockport, and Marblemount). Activities are held every Saturday and Sunday in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues. This year features a 5k run and nature walk, arts and crafts, live music, raptor presentations, hayrides and boat trips, story-telling, Native American music and crafts, wine-tasting, guided walks and more. Some activities are free. More info: chamber@concrete-wa.com or www.concrete-wa.com.

Listen to Women’s Voices NW –

Women’s Voices starts the new year with Renata Kowalczyk discussing the Collaborative Economy and local investing, followed by local musicians, Motherlode. Listen on Sundays at 9am, KMRE radio 102.3 FM, or stream at www.sparkmuseum.org or www.womensvoicesnw.wordpress.com. More info: 360-738-3886 or www.sparkmuseum.org.

Bellingham Laughter Club – Think

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Workshops for Children and Families – Jansen Art Center is offering

the following workshops for children and families in January: The Art of Drawing – Kids, Tuesdays, Jan. 7-Jan. 28, 5-6:30pm, $85. Instructor: Trisha Dawn Coggins. • The World of Puppets Workshop (families and children age 6-14), Sat., Jan. 18 or Jan. 25, 4-6pm, $30 per person. Instructors: Trisha Dawn Coggins & Andy Koch. Jansen Art Center is located at 321 Front St., Lynden. More info: 360-3543600, info@jansenartcenter.org or www.jansenartcenter.org.

Ferndale Toddler Time – Whatcom

Center for Early Learning presents Ferndale Toddler Time on Wednesdays, 1011:30am, at the Boys & Girls Club of Ferndale, 2015 Cherry Street. Children, ages 5 years and younger, and their parents are invited to drop in any (or every) Wednesday for active play, crafts and snacks. Meet other parents and families; parental supervision is required. Donation of $2 per child or $5 per family is requested to cover program costs. No sessions Jan. 1. More info: 360-671-3660, info@wcel.net or www.wcel.net.

Children’s Storytimes at Bellingham Public Library – Little Storytime (birth-3 with an adult partner): Mondays (Jan. 13, 27), 10:05am, 10:35am, or 11:05am (one-half hour); Tuesdays (Jan. 14, 21, 28), 10:05am, 10:35am, or 11:05am

We meet the first Sunday of the month at the Downtown Food Co-op Connections Building: Jan. 5, Feb. 2. Free. Info: therapeuticstudio@msn.com or 360-734-4989.

Delving into Pi: a Raspberry Pi User Group – Learn about and exchange ideas

with others about cool ways to use this new credit card-sized computer that has many of the capabilities of a traditional PC. Explore Arduino, Scratch and more! For adults and teens. The group meets Thurs. Jan. 16, 6:30-8pm, at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd St. More info: 360-305-3600.

Monthly Backgammon Tournament Play – Like to play backgammon? Looking

for others who like to play? Maybe you don’t play but would like to learn? The Bellingham Backgammon Association meets the third Sunday of each month (Jan. 19) at 5:30pm at The Clubhouse at Parkway Village, 2015 24th St., Bellingham. Match play starts at 5:30pm with a beginners’ seminar at 5pm. We play four 50-minute matches to 7 points each. Bring your board if you have one. Entry fee is $15 for four matches. There’ll be snacks too! More info: 360-255-1014, bellinghambackgammon@gmail.com or www.bellinghambackgammon.com.

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(one-half hour); Wednesdays (Jan. 15, 22, 29), 10:05am or 10:35am (one-half hour). • Baby Time (infants with an adult partner): Tuesdays (Jan. 14, 21, 28), 2-2:45pm. • Time for Tales (ages 4-8 with families welcome): Wednesdays (Jan. 15, 22, 29), 2-2:45pm. • Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5 with an adult partner): Thursdays (Jan. 16, 23, 30), 10:15 or 11am (one-half hour). • All storytimes in the Dodson Room at the Central Library. Free. More info: 360-778-7200 (Bethany), bhoglund@cob.org or www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org.

Mini-Golf at Blaine Library – Teens,

come golf at the Library! Design and build your own hole and tee (all materials are provided). Then combine your creation with your friends’ creations and play the course. Refreshments provided too. For grades 6-12. Join us Tues., Jan. 14, 3-4:30pm, at the Blaine Library (610 3rd St.). More info: 360-305-3600.

Mount Baker Theatre Education Program – The Mount Baker Theatre is

presenting the 18th season of our Education Series. The third show in our eight show series, “Portland Taiko,” will be performed on Thurs., Jan. 16, at 10am and 12:15pm. By combining traditional and contemporary compositions and choreography, Portland Taiko takes Asian American music into unexplored territory with its innovative and provocative creations. Taiko, the Japanese word for drum and the name of the art form, has its roots in Japanese tradition and was used in religious ceremonies, community festivals, and theater. North American Taiko was born in the late 1960s. As the country was wrapped up in the civil rights movement, Asian Americans searched for a way to defy stereotypes and strengthen community. Tickets are $5 or $6.50 for students in the Bellingham School District. The additional $1.50 offsets a portion of the district transportation costs covered by Mount Baker Theatre. Info and tickets: www.mountbakertheatre.com or 360-734-6080.

Sensational Toddlers Program –

Sensational Toddlers (ST) is a weekly parent-child play program for children ages 18 months to 3 years, with and without special needs. You and your child can explore learning through a variety of motor, sensory and perceptual activities. See how creative those little hands can be as they “get messy” with paint, play dough, glue, glitter! Our kid-friendly environment at Whatcom Center for Early Learning is just the thing to spark your child’s imagination. Active parent participation along with hands-on teaching by WCEL staff will encourage skill-building in all areas of your child’s development. Wear an old T-shirt and get ready for some sensational learning! Contact Bellingham Parks & Rec at 360-778-7000 or www.cob.org/ezreg for more info and to sign up for the Winter Sessions: Tuesdays, Jan. 21-March 11 or Thursdays, Jan. 23-March 13, from 10-11:30am. Sessions held at 2001 H St., Bellingham. Cost is $99 / 8-week session. More info: 360-6713660 or info@wcel.net.

Celebrating the Growth and Change of Whatcom Center for Early Learning – Sandy Berner, longtime

Executive Director of Whatcom Center for Early Learning, has stepped down to assume a new part-time role as Fund Development Coordinator. Respected Whatcom County businesswoman Peggy Zoro is currently serving as Interim Executive Director, and will lead the

agency during this planned transition to a new permanent Executive Director. Please join us on Thurs., Jan. 23 at 5pm to honor Sandy’s nine years of service and to thank you, our donors, supporters and friends. The event will be held at Squalicum Boat House (2600 Harbor Loop, Bellingham). Light refreshments will be served; please RSVP to Erin at 360-671-3660, ext. 100, or info@wcel.net. Free admission.

American Legion Saturday Pancake Breakfast – Join us for a pancake

breakfast on Sat., Jan. 25, 8-11am at American Legion Post 154, 5537 2nd Ave., Ferndale, next to the ball fields. Admission is $6 adults / $3 ages 6-12 / free children under 6. More info: 360-384-7474 or dahubbard10@gmail.com.

Skagit Symphony Family Concert –

The Skagit Symphony performs its annual Family Concert on Sun., Jan. 26 at 2pm in McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. Pre-concert activities for young people will be held starting at 1:15pm. This concert is designed to appeal to all age groups, and particularly to children. Explanations will be given by the conductor about the music before it is played. On the program are works by Tchaikovsky, Handel, Mozart and others. Tickets are available at the McIntyre Hall Box Office or online at www.McIntyreHall. org. Admission is $10 adults / youth under 16 free (with adult). More info: 360-8489336, info@skagitsymphony.com or www.skagitsymphony.com.

Arts Alive! – McIntyre Hall (2501 E.

College Way, Mount Vernon) presents a series of interactive workshops in January and February. Schedule includes: Sun., Jan. 19, 1pm, I Like to Move it! Workshop with John Bishop, Sun., Feb. 9, 1pm, Let’s Play Workshop with Philip Prudhomme; and Sun., Feb. 23, 1pm, Global Rhythms Workshop with drummer Mary Ellen Hodges. Engage in the artistic process and cultivate an appreciation of the performing arts. Participants will engage in the creative process and learn about dance, theater, and music. Recommended for ages 6-12; workshops will run approximately 70 minutes. No previous experience necessary. Parents are invited to observe. Admission is free with ticket (children ages 6-12 only). More info: mcintyre.hall@skagit.edu, 360-416-7727 or www.mcintyrehall.org. email editor@ennw.info • See www.ennw.info for “News, Reviews and Updates”

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Classes at Apple Yarns – Apple Yarns

will be offering the following classes and events in January: Bellingham High School (1961-63) Knitting Group, Thursdays, Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 3-5pm, free; Introduction to Socks Knitting Class, Jan. 2, 9 & 16, 6-7pm, $45; The Dr. Is In: Knitting and Crochet Questions, Fridays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 3-5pm, free; Beginning Knitting, Saturdays, Jan. 4, 11 & 18, 10:30-11:30am, $45; Beginning Crochet, Saturdays, Jan. 4, 11 & 18, 2:30-3:30pm, $45; Crafting for a Better Bellingham, Sundays, Jan. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 1-4pm or Wednesdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29, 6-8pm, free; Sit, Knit & Crochet, Mondays, Jan. 6, 13, 20 & 27 or Tuesdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28, 10am-noon or Thursdays, Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 6-8pm, free; College Students Unite: Knitting/ Crochet Circle, Tuesdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 &

28, 4-6pm, free; Home Schoolers Unite: Knit/Crochet Social Circle, Wednesdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29, 1-3pm, free; Knit 911 Class, Sat., Jan. 25, 2:30-3:30pm, $25. Apple Yarns is located at 1780 Iowa St., Bellingham. More info and to register: 360-756-9992, andrea@appleyarns.com or www.appleyarns.com.

Whatcom Knitting Guild Monthly Meeting – The Whatcom Knitting Guild

monthly meeting will be held Mon., Jan. 6, noon-3pm at the Squalicum Yacht Club on Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. We welcome new members. Bring a brown bag lunch. Free admission. More info: 971-645-6515 or whatcomknitting@gmail.com.

Crafts Workshops at Jansen Art Center – Jansen Art Center is offering the

following crafts workshops in January: Intro to Pottery: Bowls, Tuesdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 11, 3pm-5:30pm or Thursdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13, 6:30-9pm, $170. Instructor: Jesse Rasmussen. • Intro to Pottery: Cups and Mugs, Tuesdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 11, 6:30-9pm or Thursdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13, 3-5:30pm, $170. Instructor: Jesse Rasmussen. • Functional and Sculptural Hand Building in Clay, Wednesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 12, 6:30-9pm, $170. Instructor: Jesse Rasmussen. • One Day Raku Workshop: Ceramics, Sat., Jan. 11, 1-3:30pm, $20 + pottery cost. Instructor: Jesse Rasmussen. • Beginning Weaving/ Tapestry, Wednesdays, Jan. 22-Feb. 26, 1-3:30pm, $125. Instructor: Joyce Noordmans. Jansen Art Center is located at 321 Front St., Lynden. More info: 360354-3600, info@jansenartcenter.org or www.jansenartcenter.org.

Creative Crafting – Adults are invited to come to the Conference Room at the Central Bellingham Library on Wed., Jan.

8, 3-4pm, to bring a craft, make a craft, and learn a craft. This program is for craft lovers who would like to meet with other like-minded folk. The guest presenter this month is Erma Boothby, who will be demonstrating how to mend holes in your favorite socks. Remember to bring whatever craft you are currently making and we will share crafting tips. More info: Keyla at 360-778-7323

Call for Artist Submissions – Artists

are invited to submit outdoor sculptures to be featured at the Seventeenth Annual Peace Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibition on the USA-Canada border in Blaine from May 1-Oct. 1. The criterion for selecting the exhibit includes: artistic impression, quality, durability, aesthetic appeal, and park and community appropriateness. All materials must be completely weatherproof and suitable for public viewing. Prospectus is available online. Submission deadline is Fri., Feb. 14. Entry fee applies. More info: 360-3327165, exhibit@peacearchpark.org or www.peacearchpark.org.

Artwood, a Gallery of Fine Woodworking – Artwood will feature

“Wood Art For The Wall” for the month of January. Marquetry by Jennifer Dolese, mirrors by David Selditz, and “quilting with wood” pieces by Wes Geisbriech are some of the many wonderful items that will be in the gallery. The gallery is open 7 days a week (Mon.-Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm) at 1000 Harris Ave. in Historic Fairhaven. More info: 360-647-1628, artwood@qwestoffice.net or www.artwoodgallery.com.

Trish Harding School of Art at Studio UFO – Open Studio Painting (any

medium) with Trish Harding, Wed. (Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29) or Thurs. (Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30), 10am-3pm, $180 for all four Wed. or $220 for all five Thurs., or $50 for one session; you must specify dates (no refunds or rollovers). • Laurel Baldwin shows recent acrylic paintings at WECU Fairhaven Branch. Kelcey Bates will show at Colophon Cafe beginning in January. Elaine McRory will show at DIS beginning in February. • Winter quarter classes at Whatcom Community College include: Figure Drawing, begins Fri., Jan. 31 (5 sessions); Experimental Drawing, begins Fri., Feb. 7 (4 sessions); Exhibit Your Art, begins Tues., Feb. 25 (3 sessions). Register at www.whatcomcommunityed.com or 360-383-3200. • Info: 360-319-6115, email trish.harding@studioufo.net or visit www.studioufo.net. Bay Street Village, 301 W. Holly St., Suite M-4, Bellingham. (continued on page 27)

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”The Gates of Central Park” by Trisha

Dawn Coggins: A photographic retrospect commemorating world renowned artists, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, as they unfurled their installation of 7500 saffron colored gates over 23 miles in Central Park, is on display in the Deming Library meeting room (5044 Mt. Baker Highway) through Jan. 25 during regular library hours. Presented by the Friends of the Deming Library. Info: Sharon at 360-5922286.

Casting: Labor of Love (art of Seiko A. Purdue) – Casting: Labor of Love is a

multimedia exhibition by Seiko A. Purdue. Her large-scale hanging installations and delicate paper casts combine traditional Japanese techniques with contemporary applications. In this body of work, she represents her personal heritage with reflections on motherhood. Purdue is a professor of Fiber/Fabrics at Western Washington University. A reception for the artist will be held on Fri., Jan. 3 from 6-9pm at Anchor Art Space, 216 Commercial St., Anacortes. The exhibit itself can be viewed from Jan. 3-Feb. 2 during regular gallery hours. Admission is free. More info: 360-755-3140, info@anchorartspace.org or www.anchorartspace.org.

Downtown Bellingham Art Walk –

The Downtown Art Walk on Fri., Jan. 3 exhibits the high quality of artists and the remarkable variety of venues present in downtown Bellingham. From 6-10pm on the first Friday of every month, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, studios and more keep their doors open to showcase a wide array of artwork by local and renowned visiting artists. The January Art Walk will feature work from many unique artists around town. We invite you to stroll

through the streets of downtown, enjoying art, food and community! Free admission. More info: 360-527-8710, lindsey@downtownbellingham.com or www.downtownbham.wordpress.com.

Visit Sculpture Woods – Sculpture Woods, studio grounds of Ann Morris at 3851 Legoe Bay Rd., Lummi Island, will be open to the public on the first Saturday (Jan. 4, Feb. 1) of each month from 10am-5pm. There are sixteen large sculptures on the grounds to be visited, and the gallery of smaller works will be open. The working studio will not be open. No photos please. Park diagonally in the designated parking area, take a map for the self guided tour, and enjoy. Free admission. More info: www.annmorrisbronze.com. Winter Group Show at Lucia Douglas Gallery – New work by Jano

Argue, Robert Bell, Michael Clough, Ed Kamuda, Greg Laananen, Ene Lewis, Gene Lewis, Allen Moe, Peregrine O’Gormley, Tracy Powell, Tom Sherwood, Robin Wassong, Emily Wood and Thomas Wood will be showing Jan. 6-10 at the Lucia Douglas Gallery, 1415 13th St., Bellingham. Free admission. More info: 360-733-5361, ldg@fidalgo.net or www.luciadouglas.com.

Drawing and Painting Classes for Adults and Children at BellinghamART – Learning to draw and

paint can change lives. BellinghamART classes for both adults and children as young as four meet weekly. Classes are founded on the principles of drawing and painting from observation. Students receive clear “hands-on” art instruction in a wide range of mediums and techniques and learn through practice in the timehonored tradition of classical training. All (continued on page 28)

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art tools and supplies are included with weekly tuition. BellinghamART is located at 1701 Ellis St., Studio 203, Bellingham. Tuition is $16 per hour. More info and complete class schedule: 360-738-8379, info@bellinghamart.com or www.bellinghamart.com.

January Classes at Bellingham Metal Arts Guild (BMAG) – BMAG offers the

following classes beginning in January: Intermediate Jewelry Metalsmithing, Wednesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 5, 6-9pm, $185 + $15 materials fee. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry Metalsmithing. • Salt Water Etching Workshop, Sat., Jan. 11, 10am-3:30pm, $80 + $20 kit fee. • Beginning Jewelry Metalsmithing Class, Mondays, Jan. 13-Feb. 10, 6-9pm, $185 + kit fee (see website). • A Day With PMC (Precious Metal Clay) Workshop, Sat., Jan 18, 10am-4:30pm, $85 + $40 kit fee. • Lavender & Water Casting Workshop (for adults), Sat., Jan. 25, 2-4:30pm, $45 + materials fee (see web site). • BMAG is a WA State non-profit corporation promoting the metal arts in our community through educational classes & lectures at our studio. BMAG is located at 2620 N. Harbor Loop Dr., Suite #6, Bellingham. More info: 360-201-0236, info@BellinghamMetalArtsGuild.org or www.BellinghamMetalArtsGuild.org.

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Art Workshops at Jansen Art Center –

Jansen Art Center is offering the following art workshops in January: Watercolors with Northwest Themes, Thursdays, Jan. 9-Feb.13, 1-4pm, $105. Instructor: Debbie Haggman. • Spinner Ring Workshop, Sat., Jan. 11, 11am-4pm, $85. Instructor: Judith Gauthier. • Beginning Jewelry, Tuesdays, Jan. 14-Feb. 11, 10am-1pm, $185. Instructor: Judith Gauthier. • Bezel-Set Pendant Workshop, Sat., Jan. 18, 11am4pm, $75. Instructor: Judith Gauthier. • Sterling Silver Ring Workshop, Sat., Jan. 25, 11am-5pm, $85. Instructor: Judith Gauthier. Jansen Art Center is located at 321 Front St., Lynden. More info: 360-354-3600, info@jansenartcenter.org or www.jansenartcenter.org.

Clay Club – Clay Club with Deb McCunn

will be held on Thursdays in January (9, 16, 23 & 30) from 1-4pm or 6-9pm at Baker Creek Ceramic Studio, 4058 Hammer Dr., Bellingham. Bring your ideas for your own clay projects, use studio equipment to build your pieces and get peer support, advice and feedback. Please bring your own tools, a hand towel and plastic to cover your work in progress. Clay Club members get one private shelf for work in progress and tools as long as they are enrolled. Cost is $92 per month + materials. More info: 360-393-5458, bakercreekceramics@gmail.com or www.bakercreekceramics.com.

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AAUW Monthly Meeting: Curator’s Tour of Vanishing Ice – The American

Association of University Women (AAUW) Bellingham Branch presents its January meeting with a curator’s tour of the Vanishing Ice exhibit (Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775-2012) on Sat., Jan. 11 at 10am at the Whatcom Lightcatcher Museum with Dr. Barbara Matilsky. AAUW supports equity for women and girls through education, research, advocacy, and philanthropy. Admission is $6. Info: 360-392-8856 or hbergkolin@gmail.com.

New Exhibits open in January –

Timeless Treasures: Crazy Quilts: Each January, the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum (703 S. 2nd St.) starts the year with a selection of crazy quilts. The Crazy Quilting craze started around the 1880s when American quilters picked up needle

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open Jan. 11-March 23, Wed.-Sun., 11am-5pm. Admission is $7 and includes all exhibits. Info: 360-466-4288, kathleen@laconnerquilts.org or www.laconnerquilts.org.

Introduction to Clay – Join Deb

McCunn this winter and discover various methods of creating ceramic art including pieces assembled from slabs, broom stick tubes and coils. You will also learn techniques for decorating the surface of your work including textures, slips and glazes. Sessions will include demonstrations and free time to work on your own projects. The following modules repeat every five weeks so you can start any time: 1) Pinch pots, coils and broom stick tubes; 2) Building, weaving and textures with coils; 3) Slabs with slump molds and hump molds; 4) Slabs built platters; 5) Surface overview, colored slips, glazes and underglazes. Join us at Baker Creek Ceramic Studio, 4058 Hammer Drive #105, Bellingham, beginning Wed., Jan. 22, 6-8:30pm. Cost is $160 for five weeks. More info: 360-393-5458, bakercreekceramics@gmail.com or www.bakercreekceramics.com.

hours. Presented by the Friends of the Deming Library. More info: Sharon at 360-592-2286.

Calligraphy: The Foundational Hand –

Have you ever been enticed by beautifully drawn letters and asked yourself, “How do they do that?” Join Christy Schroeder for a six week introductory course to a calligraphy style well suited for beginners. Known as a “bookhand,” the beauty of Foundational is in its simplicity. Learn the technique, analysis, and discipline necessary to create these beautiful letters. Students will work toward a fun final project that reflects their lettering development. A sample may be seen at the website. The 6-week class will be held at Stampadoodle, 1825 Grant St., Bellingham, beginning Mon., Feb. 3, 6-8pm. Cost is $100 + supplies. More info: 360-647-9663, christy@pilgrimsquill.com or www.pilgrimsquill.com.

Paintings by Andrew Johnson –

Andrew Johnson is a local painter who uses rich vibrant colors and strong contrasts between light and dark. He has recently been trying new material and old inspirations to form a new body of work. It will be on display in the Deming Library meeting room (5044 Mt. Baker Highway) Jan. 27-March 1 during regular library

Entertainment News NW Turns 10! by Stephanie Dethlefs Since 2004, Entertainment News NW has promoted the arts in Whatcom and Skagit counties. Theater, music, galleries, classes, events for all ages – you name it, we’ve shared it. ENNW is turning 10 and still going strong! ENNW founders Barb and Mark Fuller, Dorothy Tjoelker-Worthen and Carey Worthen first launched the publication because they saw a need for a high-quality publication devoted to the local arts. Each issue contains a handful of feature articles, a pull-out calendar of events, and an extensive list of offerings organized by categories. “We are blessed to live in an area that has an abundance of music, theatre, dance, and visual arts,” says Barb. Current publishing partners include the Fullers, Dorothy Tjoelker-Worthen, Gladys Crnich and Lynna Dunn Fuller. Current writers are Joanna Nesbit, Christopher Key, Lynna Dunn Fuller, Stephanie Dethlefs, Osa Hale and Meghan Thompson. The print publication is distributed monthly to nearly 200 businesses, libraries, and other pick-up points throughout Whatcom and Skagit counties. Of the 10,000 copies distributed each month, 90 to 95 percent of this free publication are picked up. Readers can also view the magazine online by visiting the website (www.ennw.info) and clicking on the cover of the current issue. Readers can hover their mouse over websites or emails within the magazine and click to visit that site. This tool works in the advertisements as well, providing advertisers an online presence at no additional advertising charge. In this time of transition and struggle for print publications, ENNW is persevering. The partners believe firmly in local and sustainable business, so they promote not only local events but also local businesses and print the publication locally with Lithtex NW. The number of pages in each issue varies based on the advertisements that month. “Our advertisers pay for the publication, and we are very grateful for their support,” says Barb. Business owners can find advertising rates and information at www.ennw.info. email editor@ennw.info • See www.ennw.info for “News, Reviews and Updates”

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The Neighborhood Playhouse Presents Charlotte’s Web by Joanna Nesbit Those of us of a certain age will remember Paul Lynde’s snarky rendition of Templeton the gluttonous rat in the 1973 animated version of Charlotte’s Web. In fact, it’s hard not to hear his voice as you recall the movie.

Above: Hannah Reclam (Charlotte) and Rossner Gideon (Wilbur) talk about Charlotte’s miraculous web. At right: Ashley Van Curler, Musical Director, on the keyboard with accompanist Josh Grantham and Rossner Gideon (Wilbur) in the back.

Illustration © renewed 1980 by estate of Garth Williams. Reprinted with permission from Harper Collins Publishers.

Now you can create a new memory of Templeton – and no less funny, I predict. For the first two weekends in January, The Neighborhood Playhouse (TNP) presents the musical production of Charlotte’s Web for the whole family, performing at the Bellingham Theatre Guild on January 4-5 and 10-12. True to E.B. White’s original 1952 tale, this musical adaptation by Joseph Robinette with music by Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye-Bye Birdie) features all the charming characters that families love, including 8-year-old Fern Arable and wise Charlotte, whose deft work saves young

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Wilbur from his farm animal fate. Come experience this timeless classic’s heartwarming tribute to friendship with toe-tapping songs, beloved barnyard animals, and one extraordinary spider. Directed by Lizanne Schader, the cast features familiar TNP faces and newcomers, most playing a human character and a farm animal or two. Former Bellingham resident Hannah Reclam plays Charlotte, and Rossner Gideon appears as the irresistible Wilbur. Other performers include Megann Schmidt (Fern), David Bolden (Mr. Zuckerman), Deb Currier (Mrs. Zuckerman), Alex Gardipe (Mr. Arable), Audra Robson (Mrs. Arable), Michael Latham (Avery), and Truxtun McCoy (Lurvy the farmhand). Jerry McGarity, Schader’s husband and Seattle equity actor, handles the role of Templeton. Audiences may remember him from A Year with Frog and Toad, and his interpretation of the unscrupulous rat is guaranteed to be funny. Ashley Van Curler provides musical direction with choreographer Stephanie Harper. Modeled after Seattle Children’s Theatre and Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, TNP is a non-profit children’s theater that produces age-relevant professional plays with experienced actors for area families. TNP offers a fall and spring production each year, and like SCT, every performance includes an educational Q&A with the actors after the show. TNP also invites elementary classes to daytime performances with their popular School Show Series, which features discounted tickets for students, a post-show Q&A, and a classroom visit by a Teaching Artist. As professional equity actors, Schader and McGarity have always wanted to offer children’s theater in Bellingham because the closest opportunity is Seattle Entertainment News Northwest ~ January 2014

Children’s Theatre. The mission of children’s theatre is to provide kids of all ages with access to high-caliber productions and theatre education. TNP began performing plays in 2011 with two short productions, Walking the Tightrope and Visiting Grandad, followed by Goodnight Moon, A Year with Frog and Toad, and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Charlotte’s Web is TNP’s sixth production. Schader says support is growing as TNP’s plays for children become familiar to the community. TNP’s biggest challenge is not having a permanent rehearsal space. For performances, the Bellingham Theatre Guild and the Firehouse Performing Arts Center have generously allocated time in their seasons to accommodate TNP productions – Theatre Guild in the fall, Firehouse in the spring. TNP offers a resounding thank you to its donors and sponsors, including Village Books, Community Food Co-op, Westford’s Broadway Hall, Love2Move Zumba Studio, Michael Watters, Whatcom Community Foundation, and WWU. Whatcom Educational Credit Union sponsors each production’s Pay-What-You-Can performance for families who might not otherwise be able to experience live theater. Charlotte’s Web showtimes are 7pm, and Sunday matinees are 2pm. Tickets are $12 adults and $8 youth, available at www.brownpapertickets.com or www.theneighborhoodplayhouse.com. A limited number will be available at the door, but advance tickets are recommended. Please note, the Theatre Guild is not wheelchair accessible, but TNP productions do allow babes in arms. To learn more about TNP or to make a donation, visit the website. Photos courtesy of The Neighborhood Playhouse.

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48-Hour Theater Festival – Who needs sleep when there are new plays to be born? iDiOM Theater’s 38th “48-Hour Theater Festival” takes place Fri. & Sat., Jan. 3 & 4 at 8pm and 10pm at iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham. A crew of the best local directors, playwrights and actors will draw a theme, divide into randomly-selected teams, and write/rehearse/perform seven new plays in 24 hours, two days in a row. The plays will be performed at 8pm and 10pm the night after they are written before the teams re-assemble and start over again. Free admission or $10 (a fundraising effort is in progress to ensure free admission for all patrons). Info: www.idiomtheater.com.

”The Illusion” – “The Illusion” is Tony

Kushner’s adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 1636 comedy about a father who seeks the help of a magician while searching for his son. The magician produces three visions of the son’s life, each darker than the next. Directed by Glenn Hergenhahn. Join us for the performances ThursdaysSaturdays, Jan. 9-25 at 8pm at iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham. Admission is $10. More info: 360-2015464 or www.idiomtheater.com.

NT Live: “Frankenstein” – National

Theatre Live’s 2011 broadcast of “Frankenstein” returns to cinemas as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) directs a sensational production with Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, CBS’s Elementary) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. See the performance at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon, on Sun., Jan 12, at 2pm. Tickets are $15 general / $13 seniors / $11 students with $2 off for Lincoln Theatre members. More info: 360-336-8955 or www.lincolntheatre.org.

Free Adult Acting Class – Anacortes Community Theatre (918 M Ave.) is offering a free adult acting class from 10am-noon on the 3rd Saturday of the month (Jan. 18). More info: 360-840-0089, nellobot@aol.com or www.acttheatre.com.

Auditions: “Women of Lockerbie” –

Men and women are requested to audition on Sun. & Mon., Jan. 26 & 27 at 7pm for the Bellingham Theatre Guild’s production of “Women of Lockerbie,” a powerful drama. Performances are April 4-20. We are looking for 2 men, ages 30-50, and 5-11 women, ages 20-60. Auditions will be cold readings; wear clothes you can move in; women with Scottish accents needed. More info, call Shawn Fuller, director, 360-647-6242 or email fullerwalbeck@gmail.com. The Bellingham Theatre Guild is located at 1600 H St. More info: 360-733-1811, bellinghamtheatreguild@yahoo.com or bellinghamtheatreguild.com.

NT Live: “Coriolanus” – National

Theatre Live will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse’s production of “Coriolanus,” Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC’s The Hollow Crown) in the title role and Mark Gatiss (Season’s Greetings at the National Theatre, BBC’s Sherlock) as Menenius, directed by the Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke. Join us at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon, on Thurs., Jan. 30, at 7:30pm or Sun., Feb. 9, at 2pm. Tickets are $15 general / $13 seniors / $11 students with $2 off for Lincoln Theatre members. More information is available at www.lincolntheatre.org or by calling 360-336-8955.

”i” – “i” is an original play written and

directed by iDiOM Artistic Director Solomon Olmstead about a man who literally sees himself walking by one day and decides to follow himself around, revealing truths about his life that he never expected. Featuring Wesley Davis, Solomon Olmstead, Andrew Herndon, Joan Harris, and Becky Byrd. Join us for the performances Thursdays-Saturdays, Jan. 30-Feb. 8 at 8pm at iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham. Admission is $10. More info: sol@idiomtheater.com, 360-201-5464 or www.idiomtheater.com.

”The Phantom of the Opera” –

Lynden Christian High School Drama Department is excited to perform “The Phantom of the Opera,” with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart. Performance dates are Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 4, 6, 7 & 8 at 7pm, at the Lynden Christian Worship and Fine Arts Center, 515 Drayton St., Lynden. Tickets ($10 adults / $6 students and seniors) are available Mon.-Fri., 8am-4pm, at the Lynden Christian School Central Office or by calling 360-318-9525.

Vaudevillingham! The Monthly Uncensored Variety Show Fundraiser for the Bellingham Circus Guild! – The 15th of every month brings a totally new/different show, no pre-screening, all-volunteer, local and out-of-towners, novice and veteran performers, dance, aerial, comedy, magic, juggling, burlesque and more, acts from raw to polished. All the money raised goes back into the guild to help continue its mission to assist and support the circus arts community of Whatcom County, to promote circus arts to the community at large, and to radically proliferate delight at every opportunity! Show us your act; to perform, fill out a Vaudevillingham application on our website. Join us Wed., Jan. 15, at 7pm or 9pm at The Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St. in Fairhaven. Doors open at 6:30pm for the 7pm show and at 8:30pm for the 9pm show. Suggested donation is $5-$10. Info: belingham-circus-guild@googlegroups.com or www.bellinghamcircusguild.com.

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Guild Celebrates Birthday — Gives Audiences A Gift by Christopher Key What do you plan to do on your 85th birthday? The Bellingham Theatre Guild, founded in 1929, plans to sing, dance, chew the scenery and generally not act its age. It’s called the BTG Musical Birthday Bash and will feature more than 80 songs drawn from 50 years of musicals, plus some drama and sundry scenes of silliness. Theatrical legends Kathy Murray and Martha Benedict assembled the spectacular and will direct an all-star cast of singers, dancers, and actors. “We wrote and produced this musical revue to entertain audiences, but more importantly to remind them of all the wonderful moments that the Guild stage has given audiences throughout the last 50 years,” Murray said. “This production will definitely get them humming and remembering.” Murray, who has directed many shows at the Guild, is also a long-time board member and past president. She and Benedict are both graduates of Western Washington University. “Theatre and music are my passions,” said Benedict, who has performed on nearly every stage in Whatcom County since the 1980s. “Kathy and I are a good collaborative team.” Playing everyone from Marian the Librarian to The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the core cast will be supplemented by a large chorus and accompanied by Steve Barnes and his trio. When I said that the core cast consists of all-stars, I was not being hyperbolic. Recognize any of these names: Paul Henderson, Martin Bray, Angela Mills-Watson, Edward Davidson, Iris Likkel, Bonnie

Hollingsworth, Genevieve Dunn, TJ Anderson, Jenny Woods, Megann Schmidt? The Guild’s first musical, The Boyfriend, opened in August of 1963 and was a smash hit. Since that time, the Guild has celebrated musical theatre with works by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Adler and Ross. Settings have ranged from the steppes of Bellingham Theatre Guild. Photo by Christopher Key.

Clockwise from far left: Angela Mills-Watson, Jenny Woods, TJ Anderson and Paul Henderson. Photos by David Cohn.

Russia (Fiddler on the Roof), to the Great Plains of America (Oklahoma!), to a barroom in Bellingham (Mark Twain in Fairhaven). You’ll be swept from the South Pacific to the palace of Japan’s Mikado to the ballpark of those Damn Yankees. In addition to The Boyfriend, you might meet a lot of Guys and Dolls, The Boys from Syracuse or even Jesus Christ, Superstar. Looking for a little romance?

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How about West Side Story, I Do, I Do, or Once Upon a Mattress? Musical genres will range from rock ‘n roll (Bye Bye Birdie), to down-home (Annie Get Your Gun), to however you categorize Sondheim (Sweeney Todd). And I’ve covered only a fraction of the musicals this production has to draw from. The BTG Musical Birthday Bash runs Jan. 24, 25, 26, and Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and 2 with nightly curtain times of 7:30pm and 2pm matinees on Jan. 26, Feb. 1 & 2. This is somewhat shorter than the usual BTG run. That, plus the memorable music and bulletproof cast practically guarantee a sellout. In other words, you need to order tickets in advance by calling the box office at 360-733-1811, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-6pm, beginning Tues., Jan. 14. At $14 for adults, $12 for seniors/students, and $8 for children under 12, there aren’t many better theatrical bargains. For more information on this show and the rest of the Guild’s 85th season, see www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com.

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